2017–18 Robert Morris Colonials men's basketball team

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2017–18 Robert Morris Colonials men's basketball
Robert Morris Colonials wordmark.svg
ConferenceNortheast Conference
2017–18 record16–17 (9–9 NEC)
Head coachAndrew Toole (8th season)
Assistant coachKyle Griffin
Assistant coachMike Iuzzolino
Assistant coachDante' Jackson
Home arenaPPG Paints Arena
AJ Palumbo Center (four games)
Seasons
2017–18 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wagner 14 4   .778     23 10   .697
Saint Francis 12 6   .667     18 13   .581
Mount St. Mary's 12 6   .667     18 14   .563
LIU Brooklyn 10 8   .556     18 17   .514
St. Francis Brooklyn 10 8   .556     13 18   .419
Robert Morris 9 9   .500     16 17   .485
Fairleigh Dickinson 9 9   .500     13 18   .419
Central Connecticut 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Sacred Heart 5 13   .278     10 21   .323
Bryant 2 16   .111     3 28   .097
2018 NEC Tournament winner

The 2017–18 Robert Morris Colonials men's basketball team represented Robert Morris University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Colonials, led by eighth-year head coach Andrew Toole, played their home games at the PPG Paints Arena and four games at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as members of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 16–17, 9–9 in NEC play to finish in a tie for sixth place. As the No. 7 seed in the NEC Tournament, they upset No. 2 seed Mount St. Mary's in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to No. 1 seed Wagner.

On January 30, 2017, Robert Morris announced plans to build a new basketball and volleyball facility named the UPMC Events Center on the school's campus.[1] The basketball team's former home, the Charles L. Sewall Center was to be demolished to make room for the new arena.[2] As a result, the Colonials played their home games at the PPG Paints Arena[1] and at the Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University.[3]

Previous season[edit]

The Colonials finished the 2016–17 season 14–19, 9–9 in NEC play to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place. As the No. 7 seed in the NEC Tournament, they defeated LIU Brooklyn in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to Mount St. Mary's.

Preseason[edit]

In a poll of league coaches at the NEC media day, the Colonials were picked to finish in seventh place.[4]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Robert Morris Colonials men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 25 Xavier Williams 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) GS Fairfield, Alabama
F 22 Ronnie Gombe 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) GS Nairobi, Kenya
G 0 Josh Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Akron, Ohio
G 4 Taevon Ashmeade 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Bronx, New York
F 5 Malik Petteway 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Waterbury, Connecticut
F 13 Seth Rouse 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
G 23 Matty McConnell 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Oakdale, Pennsylvania
G 11 Dachon Burke 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Orange, New Jersey
F 2 David Cole 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Fr Corona, New York
G 1 Jon Williams 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Akron, Ohio
G 3 Leondre Washington 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Englewood, New Jersey
F 10 Koby Thomas 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
F 20 Charles Bain 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Freeport, Bahamas
F 24 Chris Coalmon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr North Babylon, New York
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 27, 2017*
7:00
at Niagara
Hurricane relief exhibition game
W 73–70 
Gallagher Center (605)
Lewiston, NY
October 30, 2017*
7:00 pm
at St. Vincent W 78–61 
Robert S. Carey Center (950)
Latrobe, PA
Non-conference regular season
November 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
at Ohio State L 64–95  0–1
Value City Arena (11,128)
Columbus, OH
November 13, 2017*
10:00 pm
at Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Classic
L 61–75  0–2
GCU Arena (6,833)
Phoenix, AZ
November 15, 2017*
10:00 pm
at San Diego
Grand Canyon Classic
L 53–65  0–3
Jenny Craig Pavilion (1,131)
San Diego, CA
November 19, 2017*
5:30pm
at Duquesne W 66–59  1–3
Palumbo Center (1,481)
Pittsburgh, PA
November 24, 2017*
6:00 pm
vs. Norfolk State
Grand Canyon Classic
W 75–53  2–3
Jack Stephens Center (218)
Little Rock, AK
November 25, 2017*
4:00 pm
at Little Rock
Grand Canyon Classic
W 78–64  3–3
Jack Stephens Center (1,403)
Little Rock, AK
November 29, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Youngstown State W 81–74  4–3
Beeghly Center (1,786)
Youngstown, OH
December 2, 2017*
2:00 pm
at Siena L 74–76  4–4
Times Union Center (5,749)
Albany, NY
December 6, 2017*
7:00 pm
Rider W 78–75  5–4
PPG Paints Arena (864)
Pittsburgh, PA
December 10, 2017*
2:00 pm
Drexel W 70–64  6–4
PPG Paints Arena (621)
Pittsburgh, PA
December 16, 2017*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
at Buffalo L 70–86  6–5
Alumni Arena (2,158)
Amherst, NY
December 19, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
at NC State L 69–81  6–6
PNC Arena (13,695)
Raleigh, NC
December 22, 2017*
7:00 pm
Canisius L 62–76  6–7
Palumbo Center (843)
Pittsburgh, PA
NEC regular season
December 29, 2017
3:00 pm
at Bryant W 68–54  7–7
(1–0)
Chace Athletic Center (305)
Smithfield, RI
December 31, 2017
3:30pm
at Central Connecticut W 71–57  8–7
(2–0)
William H. Detrick Gymnasium (1,214)
New Britain, CT
January 4, 2018
7:00pm
St. Francis Brooklyn W 80–79 OT 9–7
(3–0)
Palumbo Center (855)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 6, 2018
4:00 pm
LIU Brooklyn W 88–79  10–7
(4–0)
PPG Paints Arena (598)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 11, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Saint Francis (PA) L 80–89  10–8
(4–1)
PPG Paints Arena (718)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 13, 2018
4:30 pm
at Fairleigh Dickinson W 81–75  11–8
(5–1)
Rothman Center (578)
Hackensack, NJ
January 18, 2018
6:00 pm
at Sacred Heart W 74–60  12–8
(6–1)
William H. Pitt Center (324)
Fairfield, CT
January 20, 2018
4:00 pm
at Wagner L 49–62  12–9
(6–2)
Spiro Sports Center (1,784)
Staten Island, NY
January 26, 2018
7:00 pm
Sacred Heart W 64–56  13–9
(7–2)
PPG Paints Arena (636)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 28, 2018
2:00 pm
Wagner L 64–77  13–10
(7–3)
PPG Paints Arena (1,029)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 1, 2018
7:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's L 42–67  13–11
(7–4)
PPG Paints Arena (804)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 3, 2018
2:00 pm
Fairleigh Dickinson L 67–73  13–12
(7–5)
PPG Paints Arena (971)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 8, 2018
7:00 pm
at St. Francis Brooklyn L 65–77  13–13
(7–6)
Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (617)
Brooklyn, NY
February 10, 2018
4:30 pm
at LIU Brooklyn W 96–82  14–13
(8–6)
Steinberg Wellness Center (874)
Brooklyn, NY
February 15, 2018
7:00 pm
Bryant W 83–60  15–13
(9–6)
Palumbo Center (583)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 17, 2018
7:00 pm
Central Connecticut L 58–65  15–14
(9–7)
Palumbo Center (668)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 22, 2018
7:00 pm, CBSSN
at Mount St. Mary's L 53–72  15–15
(9–8)
Knott Arena (2,908)
Emmitsburg, MD
February 24, 2018
2:00 pm
at Saint Francis (PA) L 60–80  15–16
(9–9)
DeGol Arena 
Loretto, PA
NEC Tournament
February 28, 2018
7:00 pm
(7) at (2) Mount St. Mary's
Quarterfinals
W 60–56  16–16
Knott Arena (2,129)
Emmitsburg, MD
March 3, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN3
(7) at (1) Wagner
Semifinals
L 64–75  16–17
Spiro Sports Center (1,863)
Staten Island, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Robert Morris to build new basketball, volleyball arena". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  2. ^ "RMU partners with UPMC on new Events Center for basketball and volleyball". NEXTpittsburgh. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  3. ^ "RMU To Play Four Home Games at A.J. Palumbo Center – Robert Morris University". Robert Morris University. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ "Northeast Conference – Spread The Red! Saint Francis U is the Unanimous Pick To Win the #NECMBB Title". www.northeastconference.org. Retrieved 2017-10-25.