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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

My schedule for Wednesday/plus recap of SFPA game Tuesday via SFPA e-mail

I plan to head over to MU men's practice 3 p.m. Wednesday.. then writing and publishing story on the blog for Thursday Press.

Looking ahead, APP columnist Steve Edleson will join me for the RMU men's game Saturday sooooooo..double coverage of that game in Sunday's Press. I'll ask Steve to e-mail me a copy of his column so we can get that on the blog along with my game story Saturday night...

Now...Tuesday SFPA lost its 11th in a row, though it gave RMU a battle..this is the team MU beat last year at home on Mike Shipman's half court heave at the buzzer.
My thoughts are MU doesn't dare take anyone for granted these days...

Now, the Tuesday story -


Led by sophomore Chris Berry (Seagoville, Texas / Seagoville) with a career high 25 points, the Saint Francis men’s basketball team shot a season-best 56.0 percent from the field, but Robert Morris drained 13 three-pointers to defeat the Red Flash 94-75 before a rowdy 2,014 fans on Tuesday night at DeGol Arena.


Saint Francis dropped its 11th consecutive game to fall to 4-16 on the year, and 1-8 in the Northeast Conference. The Red Flash will begin a tough four-game road swing with a 7 p.m. tip on Thursday night at Monmouth.



The Colonials, who came into the game shooting 32.9 percent from outside the arc, shot 61.4 percent from the field and made 13-of-22 three-point attempts (59.1 percent) to improve to 13-5 overall and 5-4 in the NEC.



“Our freshmen and sophomores need to become sophomores and juniors in a hurry,” said Saint Francis head coach Bobby Jones. “Derek Coleman is the best guard in this league. Robert Morris came into the game shooting 32 percent on three-pointers. They took my game plan away from me. I had planned on playing a lot of zone defense.”



The Red Flash trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, and Robert Morris led 51-43 with 16:35 remaining in the game when SFU made a charge to get back in it. Berry started, and finished, a 7-0 run with a pair of jumpers to make it 51-50 with 15:09 left.



But Coleman hit a huge 3-pointer to give the Colonials a four-point edge on their way to a 10-0 run that would make it 61-50 with 13:32 left. Jeremy Chappell had two steals and Tony Lee had one steal that led to six fast-break points on the run for Robert Morris.



“We are so young and inexperienced, and we haven’t found a way to fight back from all of this adversity,” Jones added. “The teams at the top have good juniors and seniors. We are talented, but we are young. We need to continue to fight and play hard. The maturity will come.”



Berry broke his previous career high of 23 points with a 10-of-13 night from the field. The 10 field goals are also a career high, and he made 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Senior center J.R. Enright (Omaha, Neb. / Burke) had 10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block, and redshirt freshman Devin Sweetney (Washington, D.C. / Riverdale Baptist) also had 10 points to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.


Robert Morris’ A.J. Jackson led all scorers with 28 points, while Lee had 20, and Coleman and Chappell had 20 and 18, respectively.

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