In what could probably be considered Robert Morris' first toss-up game of the season, the Colonials went on the road and defeated one of the preseason favorites in the Patriot League in a back-and-forth game.
Time to delve into the box score:
-- In case it hasn't been stressed enough, Karvel Anderson can really shoot the ball. He didn't shoot quite as many 3s, but made two of the four he attempted and made seven of 13 from the field. He was already a good shooter with an injured wrist and, so far, he's proven to be an even better one when completely healthy.
-- As a team, the Colonials have been ridiculously hot from 3-point range in their first two games. Against the Leopards, they shot 45.8 percent from deep (making 11 of their 24 attempts). Through two games, they've made 48.9 percent of their 3s, which, going into tonight, was the 16th-best mark among Division I teams. I really can't stress how unsustainable this sort of production is, but for the meantime, it's pretty entertaining.
-- Juanie Newton was the team's leading rebounder with seven. I have a feeling that by the end of the season, at least seven different RMU players will have been the team's leading rebounder in a game. Just a hunch.
-- The brief scouting report noted that Lafayette was not a particularly good rebounding team and the Leopards went out and outrebounded the Colonials, 38-33. Not a significant margin, especially in a nine-point game. Then again, maybe I'm trying to block any momentum of a potential 'Bobs Blog Kiss of Death.'
-- There were 30 free throws and 30 fouls called between the two teams. Progress.
-- I'd be remiss if I didn't devote at least one talking point to David Appolon. He scored 10 points (on four-of-five shooting) with five rebounds and two assists. This is what I was talking about a little at the beginning of the year -- he's a very versatile player that, when at his best, can do a little bit of everything. He's quickly starting to make his preseason best case scenario look like it could be a reality.
-- The Colonials averaged 1.25 points per possession, giving them their second consecutive game this season in which they averaged more than 1.2 points per possession. RMU went on a similar run early last season, averaging 1.2 ppp or more in five of their first six games, but it's still pretty notable. The team's average of 1.25 ppp puts them No. 15 in Division I, tied with Louisville, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Butler.
-- RMU allowed 1.17 points per possession to Lafayette. That's not an ideal number, especially for someone like Andy Toole, but when you play a good offensive team, it's bound to happen sometimes.
-- Rebounding was a concern for this team entering the season, but as of now, their offensive rebounding percentage is 40.7, the 44th-best mark among DI teams. Newton alone has six offensive boards.
-- Anderson's offensive rating is 160.5, putting him among the top 70 players in the country. Not really going out on a limb by saying this, but that number's not going to last. Gotta love small sample sizes.
-- One more thing on Appolon: his true shooting percentage (what a player would have to shoot from the field to score number the points he does on all shooting attempts, including free throws) is 80.4, tops on the team.
-- Mike McFadden has used 28.3 percent of the team's possessions. Think he's going to be a bigger part of the offense than many of us anticipated, even if that number doesn't hold (which it likely won't).