The Hostilo Hoops Community Classic ended Sunday afternoon for the Robert Morris Colonials. It will go down in history as a tournament to forget.
After losing to Mercer and Evansville the previous two days, RMU faced South Alabama to complete the three-game stretch.
The Colonials were unable to secure a win in Savannah, Georgia and were easily dealt with by the USA in the second half.
RMU (2-5) lost 84-70 to the Jaguars (3-4) and has lost four straight games, all away.
South Alabama led by as many as 11 points in the first half, eventually making it to 15. The Jaguars held a 23-16 advantage midway through the first and advanced well throughout the game.
Andy Toole’s team played decently in the first 20 minutes, shooting 14 of 32 (43.8%) off the field. RMU only turned over the ball four times, a constant problem for the group.
Tristian Jeffries made his first start but didn’t attempt a shot on Sunday. Jackson Last also came up short, missing his two field goal attempts.
Josh Corbin came off the bench and made three triples in the first half, which helped him earn 11 team-high points. Kahliel Spear had seven points and six rebounds. The team connected on 4 of 8 three-pointers when Spear converted a shot from deep.
Like other opponents, South Alabama overtook the RMU — the US made 17 of 30 (56.7%) tries in the first half — and never let the Colonials come within striking distance.
Isaiah Moore and Kevin Samuel dominated the Colonials as a deadly guard-center combo.
Moore scored on 6 of 8 tries and a game-high 14 points. Samuel totaled 11 points and five rebounds on his way to the double-double.
South Alabama’s success continued in the second half, where the team scored 61.5%. The US collectively shot 33 of 56 (58.9%), beating the Colonials.
Fighting at the free-throw line didn’t help the RMU in any way, as the team missed seven of their 12 attempts.
RMU tried to sneak to the top, but the Jaguars’ success at the line – with 13 of 16 free throws – maintained a constant advantage.
The Colonials overtook the USA by 33:31 and recorded the same lead in assists (11:9). RMU committed nine turnovers and was split between five players.
Corbin finished with 19 points. Spear added another double-double in scoring (16) and rebounds (10) as RMU’s most reliable player. However, Spear could have capitalized more as he missed 5 out of 6 attempts at the charity strip. The team needs more help from newcomers to overcome the constant pressure that is being put on them. Most recently, Stephaun Walker, TJ Wainwright and Chris Ford scored 11 points together.
Enoch Cheeks didn’t play for the second game in a row which didn’t help matters at all, while Michael Green III took on a solid goalscoring role.
Green played well for Toole and company, recording 17 points and seven assists and moving the ball effectively to control offense.
Moore finished the game with a game-high 28 points. Samuel excelled and helped secure the win in the second half. He scored 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting and added 12 rebounds, four on the offensive glass.
RMU begins Thursday night’s Horizon League game against Wright State in Dayton, Ohio. The game starts at 7 p.m