Dunk City, baby!
Okay, okay, I know that was years ago, but this Florida Gulf Coast Unit gave Bobby Mo fits Saturday night in Hoop Township, PA. RMU, coming off a dominating, but yet expected win Wednesday, faced a fierce FGCU team Saturday and boy, former “Dunk City” did not disappoint.
I was not really sure what to expect from the Colonials, coming off a 48 point victory versus Lancaster Bible College on Wednesday. Was that first win just what the doctor ordered and would they come out with a little swagger? Would that dominating performance not change much in the grand scheme of things? I Just did not know and that was concerning. The Colonials did seem to get off to a decent start, hitting 2 of their first 3 from deep early, but that quickly dissipated as RMU was shooting a anemic 36% at the under 12 timeout.
Getting back on D, specially after a miss, has plagued this team early on this season and reared its ugly head again tonight. The Colonials seem to be a bit slower to get back after a miss, allowing the Eagles way too many run outs and easy baskets; that can’t continue to happen.
The first half ended with FGCU nursing a 44-35 lead, Tavian Dunn-Martin leading the way with 16 points and Kevin Smart with a eye popping 9 rebounds. RMU was lead by their heartbeat Rasheem Dunn, scoring 12 points on 5/7 shooting. The FGCU had two players in double figures after the first 20 minutes with Caleb Catto scoring 11 points on 4/7 shooting and the eagles as a team shooting 50% from the field. The Colonials had a solid 2 minute stretch late in the first half cutting into the FGCU lead, but the eagles, as they seemed to do every time, stormed back and stopped the bleeding.
RMU has struggled many times in the latter part of games this young season, and today was really not that much different. RMU saw their 9 point half time deficit grow to as much as 18 in the second half, not seemingly having much of answer for Dunn-Martin or Kevin Samuel.
RMU made a strong push the last 5 minutes, clawing back to as close as 9, but ultimately losing 85-74 and falling to 1-8 while the FGCU Eagles improved to 9-3. RMU was lead by Kahliel Spear and Dunn scoring 20 and 16, respectively. FGCU was lead by their stud Dunn-Martin, who ended with a double double, scoring 31 and assisting on 12 baskets.
The Colonials are back in action on December 19th when they visit Bowling Green for a Sunday afternoon tip-off. I am looking for Spear to build off his 20 points today and become more consistent for Andy Toole and RMU. Colonials need a win next Sunday in the worst way, they are going to need Spear and Dunn to continue to step up.