PREVIEW: Colonials look to finish season on a high note against Titans

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Men’s basketball heads to Detroit Mercy this weekend. Photo Credit: Ethan Morrison

By Ethan Morrison, Assistant Sports Editor

DETROIT– Robert Morris (4-12, 3-10 Horizon) looks to finish the season off strong as they make the cold wintry trek to the Motor City to take on Detroit Mercy (9-9, 8-6) tonight and Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

Recapping the Colonials

After losing two straight overtime games and playing four overtime contests on the season, RMU finally cracked the win column with a double-overtime victory over Oakland last Friday at the UPMC Events Center. Saturday afternoon was a different story as the Golden Grizzlies led by as much as 19 in the game. Even though they were down, the Colonials fought back and cut the lead back down to five. They dropped the second game of the series 86-81 Saturday evening.

Scouting the Titans

Detroit Mercy has been on a roll as of late, winning six of their last seven including an 89-83 win on the road over Cleveland State last weekend. They look to continue their winning ways this weekend against the Colonials.

Players to Watch

Kahliel Spear (RMU) – With AJ Bramah entering the transfer portal, there had to be someone to step up on both sides of the ball and that man is Spear. The junior transfer from Bucknell has been a force for the Colonials in the absence of Bramah logging 16 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Oakland last Friday. It will be important for him to continue to grow as a player in this series against the Titans.

Trayden Williams (RMU) – After struggling for a good chunk of the season Trayden Williams is finally starting to find his footing. Williams has been known to force up shots at times, but has taken a step back and is starting to find a rhythm, putting up 16 points against Youngstown State two weeks ago. It will be important for him to keep up his impressive play in the final game of the regular season.

Antoine Davis (DET) – Davis has led the way for the Titans this year, averaging 22 points-per-game. He is shooting a modest 41-percent from the field and 36-percent from beyond the arc.

Bul Kuol (DET) – Kuol is leading the team in rebounding, averaging just around five boards-per-game. He also is a solid scoring option on the offensive end, logging 15 points-per-game.

Prediction

Robert Morris will split this series heading into the Horizon League tournament starting February 25.