I believe this was the first time so far this season I recall myself being entertained while watching Robert Morris. It wasn't half as cringeworthy or secondhand embarrass-y as it has been. In fact, it was downright fun. The players looked like they were having a good time out there for the first time as well, so maybe that was the difference. Or maybe it was those stellar camo uniforms. Say what you want, but I was feeling 'em.
Turning point: I'm gonna give it to the stretch around the 14-minute mark in the second half when walk-on Conrad Stephens scored six back-to-back-to-back points for the Colonials and brought them within two points of Fairleigh Dickinson. The energy that created, how the bench was just wildin' every time he scored, how the crowd was getting into it, really swung the momentum to the Colonials. It was hard to see them bungling it after that.
Game ball: Stephens, man. It's a pretty cool story, that the junior forward and walk-on had only played a handful of minutes in his one-and-a-half year career with Robert Morris and then broke out to play 21 minutes and score 13 points and six rebounds, shooting 6-for-6 from the field. And his teammates seemed genuinely really thrilled for his success, which is even better. I think his play was really what sparked the team into having some fun. And that really changed everything.
What it means: Well, depends if Robert Morris can harness what happened tonight and continue it. Does that mean the Colonials have to keep playing Stephens, and he has to keep scoring in the double-digits? I find that unlikely, as once Andre Frederick and the rest of the injured crew are back, Stephens minutes will go down again. But for Colonials fans, it would be nice to think that this win is finally the turning point. Can Robert Morris string two, or even more, wins together? Can they finally find the joy of playing and have that fuel their energy? It would be a lot more fun to watch, at least, if they could.
What's next: The Colonials start a four-game road trip throughout the next two weeks, starting Thursday at Central Connecticut, who are 1-16 overall and winless in the conference, so that elusive second-straight win is looking good for Robert Morris. Then it's Bryant next Saturday before trips to Mount St. Mary's and Saint Francis (Pa.) the next week. The team's not back at the Sewall Center again until Feb. 4.
Random shoutout: To the FDU players' hair/hair accessories. There were some strong looks out there. Darian Anderson with the sweatband. Earl Potts Jr. tied his locks back with a blue bandanna. Mike Holloway had the 'fro with shaved sides and a blonde streak. Malik Miller rocked the faux-hawk with blonde tips. Good work, guys. Good. Work.
That's all I got. And there probably won't be another rapid reaction until the next home game. I know you all are weeping at that loss. But follow me on Twitter in the meantime. I have some pics of the wild yet wonderful camouflage jerseys on there, as an enticement. You know you want to make it your phone wallpaper.