Frontcourt production: A focal point in Robert Morris’ future success


Robert Morris center Brandon Stone and forward Justin Winston contest Saint Francis forward Josh Cohen’s shot Wednesday night. Photo credit: Nathan Breisinger

Ethan Morrison

After dropping their first nine games to Division I opponents this season, Robert Morris finally got that elusive first D-I win Wednesday night, defeating former NEC foe Saint Francis at DeGol Arena.

The Colonials were firing on all cylinders in this game, getting a wide variety of products from an assortment of cast and characters.

Moving forward, however, if the Colonials want to compete in games in the Horizon League, the RMU frontcourt is going to need to get production from multiple players to have success in conference play.

On Wednesday, center Brandon Stone returned after a lengthy absence. He had some solid production during just his six minutes of action, logging five points three rebounds, a steal, and a block.

Even though Justin Winston didn’t produce in the rebounding department, the forward still put up eight points in the victory on Wednesday.

Matt Mayers also had a ton of success, posting a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Consistency is key for Robert Morris. If it can continue to get solid production from the frontcourt, it is going to open up more opportunities for the guards to produce and shoot the ball from the outside.

By having a consistent frontcourt on the defensive end of the floor, they will cause havoc for other teams and have the ability to force more turnovers which in turn will lead to points in transition.

Getting consistent production from the frontcourt also will mean that the team can control their tempo and will be able to control their own pace of play.

There were many games early on in the season when there were only one or two players in the frontcourt that had a ton of success which in turn saw the offense become stagnant.

Against Ohio University, Robert Morris only saw real production from senior Forward Kahliel Spear, who put up 22 points and eight rebounds.

The only other forward that had around as much success as Spear in that game was Justin Winston who put up 11 points and six rebounds.

Another example of this was the team’s second conference game of the season against Milwaukee. Spear put up 10 points and seven rebounds. Winston and Mayers each contributed seven points and two rebounds of their own.

Now, by no means is anyone looking for lights-out shooting and stout rebounding all around from the frontcourt, but for the team to have success in the Horizon League this season, they are going to have to have consistent production from at least two or three guys both on the glass and on the offensive side of the floor.

Getting Stone back Wednesday night showed the strides that this frontcourt can make if they remain healthy and produce offensively and clean the glass efficiently the team will see an uptick in production.