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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

RMU-FDU preview/courtesy RMU game notes

Usually we don't do this but (slow week and all) and also the fact this is a game between two teams who we have to think are NEC title contenders..I thought it might make for interesting reading...anyone want to pick a winner here?..

Fairleigh Dickinson (10-10 / 5-4) @ Robert Morris (13-6 / 5-5)
Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 7:00 EST
Charles L. Sewall Center (3,056) - Moon Township, Pa.
Radio: WPIT-AM 73 (Chris Shovlin - play-by-play & Jim Elias - color)
On the internet (live and archived) at: www.sports.yahoo.com

Top Story - The Robert Morris University men’s basketball team returns home to the Charles L. Sewall Center for a two-game homestand this week, starting Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. Northeast Conference contest against Fairleigh Dickinson. The Colonials are coming off a 76-68 defeat @ Monmouth (1/27/07) in their last contest and currently reside in a tie for sixth place in the league standings with Wagner. RMU will close out its 2006-07 regular season with five of its final eight games at home, where the club has posted a record of 8-1 this season and 19-3 dating back to the start of the 2005-06 campaign. Robert Morris closes out its homestand Saturday, Feb. 3, when it welcomes in-state rival Saint Francis (Pa.) for a 3:30 p.m. tilt that will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh and Fox College Sports (Atlantic).

AROUND THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE

2006-07 Standings
Through 1/30/07
NEC All
1. Central Conn. State 9-1 12-10
2. Mount St. Mary’s 7-3 8-13
3. Sacred Heart 6-3 10-10
4. Quinnipiac 6-4 8-11
5. Fairleigh Dickinson 5-4 10-10
6. Robert Morris 5-5 13-6
Wagner 5-5 8-13
8. Monmouth 4-5 9-12
9. Long Island 3-7 7-14
St. Francis (N.Y.) 3-7 5-17
11. Saint Francis (Pa.) 1-10 4-18

Thursday, February 1
Mount St. Mary’s @ Central Conn. State * 7:00 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson @ Robert Morris * 7:00 p.m.
Quinnipiac @ St. Francis (N.Y.) * 7:00 p.m.

* NEC game

Quick Stat of the Night - Robert Morris will look to rediscover the defensive intensity the club employed with the dawn of the new year as the club enters its final month of regular-season action Thursday against Fairleigh Dickinson. In a five-game stretch from Dec. 30, 2006, to Jan. 13, 2007, RMU held its opponents to a shooting percentage of just 38.5 percent (100-for-260), posting a 4-1 record over that time frame. However, in the last four contests, a span in which Robert Morris has gone 2-2, opponents have converted 57.1 percent (120-for-210) of its field goals, including a mark of 46.7 percent (35-for-75) from beyond the arc.

Thursday’s Opponent and the All-Time Series - RMU and Fairleigh Dickinson will tipoff for the 56th time Thursday night, with the Knights holding a 29-26 edge in the all-time series. FDU had won four straight over the Colonials in the all-time series until Robert Morris garnered a 70-66 win in the first meeting between the two clubs this season in Hackensack, N.J., Jan. 13, 2007. In that contest senior forward A.J. Jackson’s layup and free throw with 16 seconds to play gave RMU the lead for good, 68-66, while freshman guard Mezie Nwigwe helped seal the win with a steal in the lane with less than four seconds remaining.

RMU vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
Series Record - FDU leads, 29-26
First Meeting - 1/5/80; FDU, 69-63
Last Meeting - 1/13/07; RMU, 70-66
Last RMU Win - 1/13/07; RMU, 70-66
Current Streak - RMU, 1
Schmidt vs. Fairleigh Dickinson - 5-5

Probable Starters (Fairleigh Dickinson @ Robert Morris)

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (10-10 / 5-4 NEC)
# P Name Pts. Reb. G/GS Hometown Quick Fact
0 F Andre Harris (6-8, 233, Sr.) 18.2 7.6 20/20 Detroit, Mich. Leads Northeast Conference in scoring
1 F Michael Peeples (6-7, 211, Sr.) 11.1 5.5 20/20 Detroit, Mich. Leads club in offensive rebounds with 48
55 F Jordan Ingram (6-7, 210, Sr.) 1.9 4.4 20/20 Philadelphia, Pa. Averaging just 18.3 minutes per contest
15 G Cameron Tyler (6-0, 190, So.) 13.5 3.8 20/20 Jamaica, N.Y. 19 points, 10 assists @ Sacred Heart (1/30/07)
22 G Manny Ubilla (6-2, 185, Jr.) 11.8 4.4 20/9 Freehold, N.J. Shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc

ROBERT MORRIS (13-6 / 5-5 NEC)
32 F A.J. Jackson (6-6, 230, Sr.) 16.4 7.6 19/19 Monessen, Pa. Held to just eight points @ Monmouth
4 C Freddie Harris (6-9, 245, Sr.) 4.3 3.0 19/19 Decatur, Ala. Has averaged just 13.0 minutes last three games
21 G Jeremy Chappell (6-3, 200, So.) 13.0 5.3 19/19 Cincinnati, Ohio Shooting 53.8 % from the field last three games
13 G Derek Coleman (5-11, 180, Sr.) 12.3 2.3 19/19 Dorchester, Mass. Leads the NEC in assists (5.42 per game)
42 G Tony Lee (6-0, 205, Jr.) 15.4 6.4 19/19 Boston, Mass. 21 pts, seven rebounds, four assists @ Monmouth

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony,

Interesting name for the radio broadcaster of the RMU-FDU game -- didn't MU recruit a kid with same name a few years back who never played here?

1:41 PM, January 31, 2007  
Anonymous MU student said...

Tony I love the blog, but no offense, I could care less about the FDU RMU game notes or other NEC match ups for that matter. Final score after the game and/or a brief prediction pregame or a brief explanation of the game is all thats warranted. I understand this game is important to how MU stands but I think that many on this blog agree thar this is unnecessary.

1:43 PM, January 31, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The MU kid was Chris Shovlin from upstate Pa...left MU before his freshman season ever started....

I don't know if there's a blood connection..but I have never heard it mentioned.. have never really spoken to their radio guy..

2:47 PM, January 31, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re - RMU vs. FDU. It is as they say in the trade "a slow blog day?"

But it's a big game in the little world of the NEC - which does have some ramifications for MU - and I put it out there for anyone who might be interested .

I do not believe I required you to read it..there will be no quiz in the morning

3:26 PM, January 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FDU 89- RMU 87

3:51 PM, January 31, 2007  
Blogger JMG1MON said...

This is a slow day for MU stuff, and this game is important in terms of seeding for the NEC tourney. This is very much warranted!!

4:25 PM, January 31, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Thanks. Maybe I will give that kid a quiz. I see his point though where it's not for everyone.

Anyway , I will do this occasionally IF other games appear that may impact the Hawks, mainly if MU is doing well.

5:15 PM, January 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony,

Unrelated topic to this thread, but did you see editorial in today's Press negative to the MAC (maybe you can put it up on the blog)?
This one has herself in a tizzy because MU won't provide its 'neighbors' with reduced tuition!
WLB has no shortage of buffoons.

11:52 AM, February 01, 2007  

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