When this game was set up, it was primed to be a great mid-major match-up. Robert Morris has won more than twenty games in six of the past seven years and haven't had a losing record since 2005. Toledo has been clawing their way back from basketball obscurity to becoming one of the better mid-major programs in the country.
Sounds like a great game right? Unfortunately for those watching, it was more of a snoozer than a highly competitive game.
It wasn't from anything Toledo did wrong though. It was everything they, well, mostly Julius Brown, did right.
Brown had one of the games of his career, and just couldn't miss. Missing just two shots in a game is hard to do if you only shoot four or five, much less twelve like Brown did tonight. "Juice" was 10-12 from the field, including 7-8 from beyond the arc for a total of 27 points. Of Brown's two misses, one was a desperation three-pointer at the end of the first half. Take that away, and Brown was nearly perfect from the field.
He wasn't alone in having an outstanding game. J.D. Weatherspoon lit up the stat sheet as well, scoring eighteen points and collecting a game-high fourteen rebounds. "Spoon" had a couple nice putback dunks as well and was solid on defense.
Robert Morris' problems started on the glass. While they shot well (41%), they couldn't get enough rebounds to create second chance opportunities and extend possessions. Toledo outrebounded the Colonials 44-29 and had fourteen offensive rebounds to RMU's nine. The Colonials also could not convert at the free throw line when given the opportunity, going just 12-24 at the charity stripe.
Nathan Boothe had yet another solid game for the Rockets, sniffing a triple double with six points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Justin Drummond also broke into double digits, scoring ten to go along with four assists.
Marcquise Reed led the way for the Colonials with eighteen on 7-11 shooting from the field. David Appolon was the next highest scorer for RMU with twelve.
Toledo's next game on Saturday is nearly 1,200 miles away in Lake Charles, Louisiana, home of McNeese State. The Cowboys are 5-3 and 5-0 at home, but four of those games have come against non-Division 1 competition. Louisiana-Lafayette is the only D1 school the Cowboys have beaten, and their losses are to Baylor, LSU and TCU. It should be a fairly manageable game for the Rockets, but with their opponent only playing one game at their true level of competition it's hard to tell.