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Shooters, often inexplicably, have nights where everything feels right, where the basket appears bigger and where seemingly every shot, from the moment it leaves their hands, feels like it’s going in.
Four days removed a 5-for-17 performance in a 38-point loss to Kentucky, Karvel Anderson had one of those games for Robert Morris – one that, by the end of the night, managed to make a small bit of history.
Anderson scored 24 points and tied his own single-game home record with eight 3-pointers as the Colonials rebounded from the lopsided defeat to the Wildcats and held on for a 88-81 victory against Texas-Arlington Thursday night in the Charles Sewall Center.
“Sometimes, you really can’t take credit for anything,” Anderson said. “It’s just one of those nights.”
The senior guard made eight of his 11 field goal attempts, 10 of which came from beyond the 3-point arc. With his performance Thursday, he has scored at least 20 points in three of the team’s five games this season.
Led by two 3-pointers from Anderson, Robert Morris jumped out to a 14-0 lead and held the Mavericks (2-4) scoreless through the opeing 3:09. That advantage would later get cut to six points, but it was extended back to 10 by halftime.
In the game’s first 20 minutes, Anderson made six of his seven 3-point attempts, matching the number of field goals the Colonials (3-2) made as a team in the first half of the loss to Kentucky.
However, much of that early momentum from Anderson stalled in the second half as Texas-Arlington clawed its way back into the game.
Riding a hot shooter of their own in guard Reger Dowell, the Mavericks began the second half on a 14-6 run and never trailed by more than eight for the remainder of the game.
Nursing a two-point edge with 2:23 left, Robert Morris scored 11 of the game’s final 16 points and made nine of its final 10 free throws to secure the win.
It was an uneven performance from the Colonials, one in which they got off to a strong start only to see their lead dissipate, but for a team with seven newcomers that’s still looking for some sort of rhythm, it was able to get the best possible result – a win.
“We definitely find ways to make it interesting,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. “There are going to be times this year where we’re going to have guys in situations they haven’t been in before where we’re going to have to help them through it.”
Along with Anderson, three other Robert Morris players scored in double figures, a group led by forward Lucky Jones, who scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds.
Dowell, who entered the game as one of the top 20 scorers in Division I at 24.8 points per game, finished with a game-high 26 points (on 22 shots), 21 of which came in the second half.
But, even though Dowell had the biggest scoring numbers of any player on the court Thursday night, it was Anderson who made the biggest difference for a team in need of a win.
“I know Dowell had 26 points, but my man to the right, he showed him up tonight,” Jones said, motioning to Anderson after the game. “It was a back-and-forth confrontation, but when you’re on the losing team and you think you have to do everything by yourself, even if you wanted to shoot 20 shots a night, he still looks for his team.
“That’s the best part about him.”
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In last night's 4-0 road win against the Capitals, Marc-Andre Fleury (above) faced a mere 18 shots while earning his 25th career shutout.
While Fleury has certainly had heavier workloads in terms of shots faced during a game, it did mark the seventh consecutive start for Fleury and his fourth game in six days.
With Jeff Zatkoff pressed into the backup role, the Penguins have seemed slow to play him as much as the the man he replaced, Tomas Vokoun who is sidelined due to blood clots.
Is Fleury playing too much? That is certainly up for debate. But if you compare Fleury's minutes played to his peers, his workload this season is in line with many of the top goaltenders in the NHL.
Here is a look at all 30 NHL teams' top goaltenders (as defined by minutes played in this case) and what percentage of their team's potential goaltending minutes they have played this season:
(Note: All totals are through Wednesday's games.)
|Mike Smith, Coyotes||1,106:36||1,293:44||85.5%|
|Tuukka Rask, Bruins||1,083:51||1,274:11||85.1%|
|Corey Crawford, Blackhawks||1,129:57||1,347:48||83.8%|
|Antti Niemi, Sharks||1,072:19||1,291:23||83.1%|
|Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins||1,138:46||1,385:00||82.2%|
|Carey Price, Canadiens||1,082:59||1,335:00||81.1%|
|Robert Luongo, Canucks||1,133:14||1,410:14||80.3%|
|Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets||1,019:04||1,338:10||76.2%|
|Ben Bishop, Lightning||971:07||1,281:57||75.8%|
|Ondrej Pavelec, Jets||1,072:19||1,419:43||75.5%|
|Josh Harding, Wild||1,056:39||1,409:55||74.9%|
|Jaroslav Halak, Blues||908:07||1,220:41||74.4%|
|Braden Holtby, Capitals||998:56||1,351:34||73.9%|
|Jimmy Howard, Red Wings||999:00||1,356:32||73.6%|
|Kari Lehtonen, Stars||895:08||1,228:17||72.9%|
|Steve Mason, Flyers||877:15||1,207:40||72.6%|
|Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche||850:29||1,203:36||70.7%|
|Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers||881:33||1,264:47||69.7%|
|Ryan Miller, Sabres||942:08||1,396:50||67.5%|
|Devan Dubnyk, Oilers||925:08||1,394:04||66.4%|
|Jonathan Bernier, Maple Leafs||820:33||1,277:09||64.2%|
|Craig Anderson, Senators||850:29||1,338:16||63.6%|
|Evgeni Nabokov, Islanders||800:13||1,327:16||60:3%|
|Martin Brodeur, Devils||727:10||1,284:16||56.6%|
|Justin Peters, Hurricanes||663:17||1,265:53||52.4%|
|Jonas Hiller, Ducks||752:52||1,451:53||51:9%|
|Tim Thomas, Panthers||650:33||1,341:55||48.5%|
|Carter Hutton, Predators||496:04||1,274:43||38.9%|
|Reto Berra, Flames||456:00||1,338:27||34.1%|
(Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Time has published an incredible article (along with audio) of the announcement of JFK's assassination in Symphony Hall in Boston. The Boston Symphony's then-music director Erich Leinsdorf broke the news to the audience members right before the BSO's concert that day, and their reaction is just gut-wrenching. The article describes how Leinsdorf changed the repertoire in the minutes before the concert to include the funeral march from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3. Check it out here:
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Pittsburgh band Colonizing the Cosmos popped up in 2010 with a sound that combined the folk flavor of Paul Simon, chamber-pop elements of Sufjan Stevens and -- living up to the name -- a dash of Flaming Lips space-rock.
The debut album, "The First Frontier," found the Cosmos core -- singer-guitarist Josh Moyer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Savisky -- exploring the concept of space exploration, without getting into sci-fi cliches.
It was a big hit, locally, and WYEP even declared Colonizing the Cosmos its local artist of the year.
The band now returns with a second concept album, "The House of War is a House of Peace," overflowing with even more musical whimsy. This time, the album is accompanied by a co-written novel "House of War." It will be released with a show on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Avenue.
Savisky was kind of enough to explain in an email exchange:
This is another concept record. What is this one about?
This is really exciting for us. We started writing a story about a British heart surgeon named Simon Oxley, soon after we finished recording "The First Frontier." Simon is world renowned for his practice, but he hides an embarrassing secret: his only child, Abigail, is terminally ill with a heart condition he cannot cure.
At the beginning of the book, Simon is approached by a mysterious man who offers Simon a magical elixir to heal Abigail in exchange for helping him take down a society of evil magicians who operate (unbeknownst to everyone) in the basement levels below he very hospital.
We intended to create this story as sort of a backdrop to the music, but it just kept growing. It's now a 300- page novel, that we're releasing along with the album on Saturday.
How do they tie in together?
The book and album can stand alone and be enjoyed alone, but the songs are all about the story and characters. Sometimes a song would inform the plot of the novel, sometimes a plot twist would inspire us to write a new song. So they're very intertwined in that sense. Certain songs just take on the mood of a scene from the book, or the emotional journey of a character.
How did you adapt your sound to suit the concept?
The story is very wild. There are talking elephants, storks, monarch butterflies. There are train rides across Europe and underground caverns. Often, we thought about what these things would become if they were entirely musical. What does elephant music sound like? What music would play in a dank, dark cavern? We selected our instrumentation carefully and wrote songs to fit these constraints. It's artful for sure, but we always made sure to make songs accessible to the casual listener.
Did you record this as a duo? If so, what kind of band will you have for live performances?
Like our last album, Josh and I recorded, mixed and mastered everything in my little home studio. Just the two of us. I play most of the instruments on the album, and Josh does most of the singing. We added some friends to the mix this time, however. So we have our friend Maggie Dahl on vocals, Joe Liu on strings, and Brian Powers on brass.
We were also really excited to have some girls from the Oakland Girls Choir add a chorus to the song about Abigail, Simon's daughter. The clear, choral, feminine voices were really haunting and perfect for capturing the character of the sick little girl.
Live performances will be more compact. Fewer of us doing more individually. We're challenging ourselves to be more mobile and versatile as a unit.
You guys live (with your wives) in apartments in the same house? How does that work out on a daily basis? Are you constantly running back and forth - and how do your wives feel about that?
Yes, we live in the same house! Josh owns the place. My wife Ashley and I live on the first floor. It's lots of fun! Ashley and I ask for cumin when we've run out and need to finish our green apple chili. Josh and Elisabeth grow kale and tomatoes and the backyard. They have a big Great Dane named Gandalf the Gray. We share dinners on the porch in the summer. Josh can stop down for a few minutes and record the chorus to a song if I need it. It's nice. We call them our friendlords. And our wives just so happen to be the best wives in the universe, so they totally support us and encourage us to create and be musical, even when things get busy.
For more on the band, check out the Cosmos Facebook page.