Andy Toole is a man at his wit's end. Again. It took at least until one month into last season for the Robert Morris coach to be so at a loss with his team, but just one game into the Northeast Conference season this year, and he's struggling with how to make his team care. It was a tense postgame presser, to say the least. Anyway, rapid reaction time.
Turning point: Yet again, the Colonials made a thrilling last-minute push for the comeback, with a Matty McConnell 3-pointer putting the game within two points with about 10 seconds left. But Matej Buovac making his two free throws with five seconds left put the game out of reach.
Game ball: It's got to be sophomore guard Cane Broome from Sacred Heart. He played all 40 minutes. He scored 33 points. He made eight rebounds. He shot 11-for-22 from the field, 3-for-7 from the 3-point line and 8-for-9 on free throws. Like, goodness.
What it means: Well. As Sacred Heart coach Anthony Latina said, he felt both his team and Robert Morris were sort of parallels of each other. Both had awful non-conference records with a lot of close losses and injuries to some key players. Yet Sacred Heart gets the win. Yeah, Broome was big, but in general the Pioneers seemed to play harder. The Colonials don't really do that, and Toole said the fact that his players don't seem to care is breaking his heart. So. Yet another loss means the team has really got to start caring. But how do they do that, if it hasn't kicked in already? Toole's tearing his hair out trying to figure it out.
What's next: It's a quick turnaround as Robert Morris plays host to Wagner at 7:30 p.m. Monday for another NEC game. Maybe this game will finally be the fresh start the team's been needing.
Random shoutout: Eh, I don't really have one today. Sorry to disappoint. There were no players from Minnesota and no angry old men in the stands. A disappointing game all around.
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