Colonials slay the Dragons to stay flaming hot


Photo credit: David Auth

Logan Carney and Logan Carney

The Colonials took on the Drexel Dragons on Sunday. Koby Thomas and Dachon Burke both tacked on 20-point games as Robert Morris defeated Drexel by a score of 74-60.

The Colonials won the tip to start the game and proceeded down the court. The two teams traded shots for the first minute before Dachon Burke hit a three to give the Colonials a 3-0 lead. That would start an 11-4 run for the Colonials in which Burke had six of the team’s nine points.

Things would continue to look bright for the Colonials as another three-pointer by Burke followed by a big dunk by Koby Thomas. Those plays gave Robert Morris a 16-6 lead and caused Drexel to take their first timeout of the half with 15:59 remaining in the first.

After the timeout, Drexel would begin to fight back. They pulled within four at 18-14, before a Robert Morris basket and a strong defensive possession by the Colonials made it 20-14 at the first media timeout.

After the media timeout, the Dragons would continue to give Robert Morris trouble. They would pull within two to make it a 20-18 game, before a Matty McConnell three would give the Colonials a five-point lead at 23-18. That would be all the scoring before the next media timeout of the half.

After coming out of the media timeout, Matty McConnell would hit a big three to make it a 26-18 game. A clutch three at the buzzer by Drexel Dragon Kurk Lee would make it 26-21. Those two threes would be followed by another Dachon Burke three and a huge dunk by Koby Thomas to give the Colonials a 10-point lead a 31-21 with 4:23 remaining.

The Colonials would control the momentum and stretch that lead to 15 at 38-23. Drexel would then call a timeout at 3:03 to try and slow the game down. The Colonials were shooting 63.6 percent from the three-point line at this point in the game.

Another big dunk by Koby Thomas would give Robert Morris 40 points with less than a minute to go. One more basket would be scored for both teams, and the Colonials would head into halftime with a 42-27 lead over the Dragons.

Koby Thomas (12) and Dachon Burke (15) were the leading scorers for the Colonials. Robert Morris shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first half, they were also 7-12 from the three-point line. Matty McConnell also had a big first half with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“I thought Dachon kind of spearheaded things on both sides of the floor, both offensively and defensively, and got things going in the right direction,” said RMU head coach Andy Toole.

The second half started with the momentum switching to Drexel as they attempted to mount a 15-point comeback. They would go on a 9-5 run to cut the lead down to 11.

The Colonials, however, were relentless. They would go on a 7-2 run to extend their lead to 16 at 54-38. It was following this that Matty McConnell would become the third Colonial to eclipse the 10-point mark, as his basket would extend the lead by two more points to make it 56-38. One foul shot by Drexel would make it 56-39 at the first media timeout of the half.

Immediately after the media timeout, Dachon Burke would hit another three to make it a 20-point lead at 59-39, as well as give him another 20-point game of the season. However, the Dragons would go on a 6-0 run to make it 14-point game.

“I was proud of the way we were able to continue to defend in the second half and still continue to execute,” said Toole.

From there on, it was all Colonials. Koby Thomas would join Dachon Burke in the 20-point club with another strong dunk to give him 21 on the night. That would extend the lead 18 at 72-54.

“This was probably our most complete game of the season,” said RMU head coach Andy Toole. “I thought we came out with great intensity.”

The final score would be 74-60 with Robert Morris coming away with a strong win on the season. They improve to 6-4 on the year and have won six of their last seven games. Their next game will be at Buffalo on Dec. 16 before traveling to NC State on the 19th.