NEC News of the Day: Robert Morris Makes Splash as MBB Non-Conference Play Comes to a Close Plus Other News & Top Tweets

Robert Morris had one last chance to notch a key non-conference win, and this time, the Colonials did not let the opportunity pass them by.

Andy Toole’s team went into Athens, Ohio and became the only team other than Louisville to beat the Bobcats this season. 

Ohio came into the contest sporting a 12-1 record and riding a nine-game win streak.  The Bobcats’ pregame RPI rank was 32 according to

Despite 31 turnovers, an extremely uncharacteristic number for RMU in recent years, and foul outs by leading scorer Velton Jones and fellow starter Lucky Jones, Robert Morris pulled out a 70-67 win over the FBS Mid-American Conference member.

The victory put an exclamation point on what has been a notable non-conference showing for the Colonials.  Robert Morris closed the non-league portion of its schedule with a 9-4 record that includes notable road wins over Ohio, James Madison, and Duquesne.

Game Recap: Robert Morris tops Ohio 70-67  (Associated Press)



Here’s What Toole had to say about the triumphant non-conference finale…


Postgame Reaction from  Ohio…


Non-league play has just about reached a close across the board in the NEC.  Only three out-of-conference men’s games remain…

Jan. 10 – Harvard at Monmouth

Jan. 16 – Longwood at Fairleigh Dickinson

Jan. 23 – Brown at Bryant


In other news, it’s Robert Loggia’s birthday.  He doesn’t exactly have the name recognition of a Marlon Brando per se, but if you are a fan of The Sopranos or the Wagner Seahawks, you know who he is.  Loggia, a New York City native, attended Wagner College on Staten Island prior to achieving stardom on the silver screen.  Loggia may not been as well-known as Al Pacino, but he did play the role of Frank Lopez in the 1983 American classic “Scarface.”  The former Seahawk, who appeared as Feech La Manna in HBO’s hit series The Sopranos, was an Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor as detective Sam Ransom in the thriller “The Jagged Edge.” 

He also helped Tom Hanks play Chopsticks in “Big” (see below)…



Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@JessicaLynne15 – “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” #MountTrack

Other top-rated Tweets
@Ryantterry57 – Oatmeal. #yum

@rmucoop44 – Happy birthday 91 @nolan91nearhoof


Articles of Interest
Hard work pays off for (Andy Katz)

CCSU and CPTV Sports Announce TV

Always a Tar Heel, Rice has happy homecomingAsbury Park Press (Josh Newman)

NCAA Moves to Benefit Athletes Face Further TestsThe Chronicle of Higher Ed (Brad Wolverton)


– Jan. 3, 2012 –


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