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Rapid Reaction: Robert Morris 69, Wagner 72

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Coach Andy Toole didn't seem as despondent in this postgame press conference, so that's something. Probably had a lot to do with the play of Kavon Stewart and Billy Giles. Despite a close loss, those two were "absolutely excellent," according to Toole. I'd agree.

Turning point: The Matty McConnell 3-pointer to put the game within one-point with 1:13 to go looked pretty promising. But then Robert Morris botched the next two shots (Stewart said it was a miscommunication to get Rodney Pryor the ball on the first one) and Pryor's 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left was off the mark and, well, there you go.

Game ball: Kavon Stewart. K-Stew, as I will now never refer to him again because it reminds me of Twilight. After tying a career-high 19 points last game, he scored a new career-high (and game-high) 23 points shooting 7-for-10 from the field. He also added seven assists and five steals. Not a bad showing.

What it means: A step in the right direction (One Direction?). Going from "a total lack of respect for the game of basketball" on Saturday to "appropriate" effort on Monday, in Toole's own words, is a pretty good step forward, don't you think? Still a loss, but maybe the energy/effort issues won't be as big of a factor in the coming games, and the team can turn the season around. And as Toole also said, if Giles and Stewart can play like they did tonight for the rest of the season, that should put Robert Morris in pretty good position. (Giles had 17 points and six rebounds shooting 8-for-10 from the field, btw.)

What's next: A New York road trip. Robert Morris travels to LIU Brooklyn on Thursday and then to St. Francis (NY) on Saturday. LIU is 1-1 and 7-6. St. Francis is 0-2 and 4-11. So, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Random shoutout: To shoes! Elijah Minnie, as always, great shoes. Isaiah Still sported some nice neon ones tonight. JoJo Cooper for Wagner also had quite a colorful pair. More vibrant sneakers, college basketball players. The crowd/I demand it. Honorable mention to the girls behind me yelling at all the players by using their first names. It felt very personal. Reminded me of how my mom yelled my sister's name in like a dead-silent gym when my sister got a technical foul in eighth grade ball, lmao.

As always, my Twitter is ripe for the following. If not, then, fine. Good riddance to you.

 

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