Robert Morris Bounces Back Against Pitt Greensburg in Home Opener


Ethan Morrison

Robert Morris guard TJ Wainwright takes a three-point shot over Pitt Greensburg guard Matthew Marinchak in the Colonials 84-49 win over the Bobcats on Nov. 9, 2022.

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MOON TOWNSHIP – After dropping their first game of the season to Ohio State on Monday night, Robert Morris returned home to take on Pitt Greensburg and defeated the Bobcats 84-49.

After a defeat on opening night vs Ohio State, the Colonials came out firing tonight with a good game plan to attack Pitt Greensburg (1-1) by attacking the rim and firing from the perimeter.

Robert Morris (1-1) played a much better game tonight on both sides of the ball. The emphasis on tonight’s game was to move the ball well and to limit the chances for Pitt Greensburg so tonight’s game plan was trying to be as locked in as possible on the defensive side of the ball.

The Colonials played really solid defense for the first 15 minutes of the first half limiting the bobcats to barely any chances at the rim, so they had to settle for bad perimeter shots.

After Monday’s game vs Ohio State head coach Andy Toole stressed that urgency is always the plan for RMU and that wants they talked about all summer after last year’s urgency on defense is a big problem for the Colonials.

In Monday’s game the offense went mostly through Enoch Cheeks and tonight the ball was spread more around the whole team even though Cheeks was still the leading scorer with 20 points.

Toole said that there is no focal point of the offense. They try to run their offense on if someone is open then you give them the ball. Even though Enoch Cheeks is the team’s leading scorer there are still other components of the team which other people contribute.

Enoch Cheeks is a leader on this team with how he can contribute on the defensive part of the ball and also on the offensive side as well.

Junior transfer Josh Corbin struggled on Monday versus the Buckeyes going 1-12 on the floor. Tonight, was a bounce-back game for Josh where he was able to show his determination going four for nine on the floor having 12 points.

Toole spoke to his determination saying he has a great “consistency to him”. Being a great three-point shooter is not going to be the only part of his game this year “there will be times where he will have to go into the paint to keep the defense honest”. So, he will need to not be only a great three-point shooter this season but also be able to drive the basket to keep the defenses on his toes.

Aggression is going to be a big part of Josh’s season he can’t only be “one-dimensional”. But the aggression comes from when he works in practice. Coach Toole spoke to his aggressiveness “over the summer he wasn’t being as aggressive as I would like so one practice he came out and shot 15 threes”. For Josh to have the success he needs to be a two-dimensional player.

Monday night the Colonials did not play to their potential and it showed on the scoreboard. So, coming out vs Pitt Greensburg Toole said they had to “rise to the challenge” and get a bounce-back win.

The energy on the bench was very evident in the opener tonight and coach Toole says they will need to be together all season long to put together wins.

The Colonials game plan will always be to play aggressively “I don’t know how to play any other way”. Can you take the contact to make the stop or draw a foul? So, going forward RMU will continue to play with aggression.

Tonight, the Colonials shot 60 percent from deep in the first half and for the whole game, they shot 50%. I asked if this was their game plan going into the game or if they were just taking the wide-open shots “we try and play inside out as much as we could “. They didn’t want to shoot just quick threes, they wanted to get the ball into the paint and move it around.

“I thought our guys did a pretty good job picking and choosing the right time to take those threes”. head coach Andy Toole said.

Enoch Cheeks are going to be a big part of this season being a leader. The identity of a team is crucial, and Cheeks says they have a lot of guys who have that “grit” in them.

Putting in extra work and putting in the extra effort will be crucial in the long run this season.

The Colonials next game will be next Wednesday, Nov. 16 against West Virginia Wesleyan at the UPMC Events Center at 7:00 p.m.