Robert Morris

‘Frustrating’ lapses cost loss to Saint Francis

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Isaiah Still drives through traffic against Saint Francis Thursday. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The rebound of a shot by Robert Morris' Matty McConnell sailed up into the Sewall Center air early Thursday night, then fell to the waiting and lonely hands of an opponent all the way out by the arc. He ran it right back down the court for the easiest of two points.

The play, a simple missed rebound and uncontested transition layup midway through the second half of the Colonials' 77-57 loss to Saint Francis (Pa.), was anything but easy to handle for Andy Toole. Standing in front of the home bench, he cracked his clipboard in half over his knee, then sat back down and steamed.

"Yeah, I'm trying to be kinder and gentler and sit and get in touch with my inner emotions, and the clipboard was the first thing I could get my hands on," said Toole, whose team fell to 6-12 overall, 2-3 in the Northeast Conference. "The thing that would be frustrating would be that, if all the stuff we worked on all week (and the other team) did something completely different ... that's the thing. At some point in time, as coaches, you just get so frustrated because it's stuff you talk about."

Isaiah Blackmon's aforementioned layup kickstarted a 9-3 run that pushed the lead to 12 for the Red Flash and kept the Colonials chasing.

Toole's mood wasn't helped by Saint Francis shooting 58.5 percent from the floor or that Robert Morris' best scoring threat, Isaiah Still, was held to eight points on 2-of-14 shooting.

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