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Robert Morris peaking?

In a recent tilt against Sacred Heart, Robert Morris was without Velton Jones -- a guard who takes the team's second highest percentage of shots -- and Karvel Anderson -- a guard who attempts the highest percentage of shots -- but managed to defeat the NEC foe. After how the Colonials started the conference season, dropping consecutive games to Central Connecticut State and Bryant, one would think it strange Andy Toole's squad was able to overcome the difficult odds to register their third win. What changed?

Simply, RMU began to defend better. In those two losses, Robert Morris' opponents use roughly 140 possessions, and were scoring 1.14 points per trip and committing a turnover on just 22.8 percent of their possessions. However, during RMU's wins over Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, and Sacred Heart, that offensive efficiency rate dropped precipitously: .87 PPP and turning the ball over 25.2 percent of their trips. What is also interesting is that the Colonials stopped fouling as often; their foul rate against CCSU and Bryant was over 80 percent, and since Toole rededicated his team to moving their feet more crisply and staying in front of their opponent, the foul rate during this three-game span is just 35 percent.