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RMU Sentry Media

The news site of Robert Morris University

RMU Sentry Media

The news site of Robert Morris University

RMU Sentry Media

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor

Nick is a senior communication major with a concentration in journalism at Robert Morris University and is the Editor-in-Chief of RMU Sentry Media.

In addition to covering sports for the university's student-run newspaper in the past, Nick is the president of the Society of Collegiate Journalists, has freelanced for Robinson-Moon Patch and is a member of RMU's Honors Program.

All content by Nick Buzzelli
Despite sustaining multiple injuries, Derick Abbott believes he is a better quarterback as a result.

Zoning in

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor May 26, 2015

The image is still fresh in Derik Abbott’s mind. Effortlessly, he is able to recall the exact play it happened, the exact moment his season prematurely came to an end. Perhaps because it was a scramble. During the opening series of Robert Morris’...

OPINION: If you build it, they still won’t come

OPINION: If you build it, they still won’t come

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor April 22, 2015

Dear Robert Morris, For some strange reason, no matter where I go on this 230 acre campus, I keep hearing that this school needs a new on-campus arena to be considered a premier institution. I constantly hear how great this will be for the university,...

RMU athletic director and softball head coach Dr. Craig Coleman is leaving RMU Athletics on Dec. 7th.

BREAKING: Coleman suspended two games by NCAA for ‘refusal to play’

Nick Buzzelli and Kyle Gorcey April 16, 2015

Robert Morris softball head coach Dr. Craig Coleman will serve a mandatory two-game suspension from the NCAA for refusing to finish the second game of a doubleheader against Youngstown State on April 15. Trailing 16-3 after four innings, Coleman approached...

BREAKING NEWS: Elijah Minnie requests release from RMU

BREAKING NEWS: Elijah Minnie requests release from RMU

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor April 3, 2015

On the same day that head coach Andy Toole signed a contract extension, freshman forward Elijah Minnie became the second player to request his release from Robert Morris. Less than 24 hours after guard Marcquise Reed announced he was leaving, Minnie...

BREAKING NEWS: Marcquise Reed granted release from RMU

BREAKING NEWS: Marcquise Reed granted release from RMU

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor April 2, 2015

After impressing a lot of people during his freshman season by averaging 15.1 points per game, Marcquise Reed's request to be released from the Robert Morris men's basketball program has been approved, according to Marcus Helton, the editor-in-chief...

Wydo to continue career in ECHL

Wydo to continue career in ECHL

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Reporter March 27, 2015

Six days after finishing his career as the most prolific scorer in the history of the Robert Morris hockey program, Cody Wydo is headed to the minors. Though, he only had to travel 60 miles to his new home. Wydo, the first Colonial to be a Hobey...

Facing a friend

Facing a friend

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 21, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A lot of what Rodney Pryor knows about shooting a basketball came from Jon Scheyer. When the Duke assistant coach was a high school junior leading Chicago’s Glenbrook North to an Illinois Class AA state championship, a young Pryor...

Lucky Jones lets out a roar of excitement after RMUs opening round win over North Florida.

Oh, what fun it is

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 19, 2015

It all started with a simple step-back jumper from the foul line with 7:37 remaining. Once Lucky Jones sank his fifth bucket of the game, things got a little easier. The shots began falling for a Robert Morris team that was 41 percent from the floor...

Opening with the Ospreys

Opening with the Ospreys

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 15, 2015

On March 15, 1983, the Robert Morris men’s basketball team claimed its first and only NCAA Tournament victory, knocking off Georgia Southern by 10 points in a preliminary round matchup in Dayton, Ohio. Exactly 32 years later, the Colonials received...

Everybody cut loose

Everybody cut loose

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 11, 2015

Rodney Pryor is the first to admit that he started the trend. Lucky Jones believes it’s the reason he’s been shooting so well of late. And undoubtedly, Kavon Stewart has the most pairs. But after a dramatic 66-63 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn...

BREAKING NEWS: Next season will be Buscaglia’s final with RMU

BREAKING NEWS: Next season will be Buscaglia’s final with RMU

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 7, 2015

Following last season’s Northeast Conference championship team, Robert Morris women’s basketball coach Sal Buscaglia contemplated handing over the reins to the program to his son, Charlie. However according to a statement released by the Robert...

On point

On point

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 7, 2015

Kavon Stewart admits it was the best game he’s ever played. Andy Toole believes it was the most important performance of his career. Lucky Jones agrees with both statements. In a game in which Robert Morris’ three offensive juggernauts – Rodney...

Twice as nice

Twice as nice

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 5, 2015

Lucky Jones remembers it vividly. With his team’s nine point lead slowly evaporating and the remainder of his college career hanging in the balance, he locked eyes with Andy Toole while quietly seated on the Robert Morris bench. But this look...

Colonials charge past Saint Francis in regular season finale

Colonials charge past Saint Francis in regular season finale

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 28, 2015

When Greg Brown received the basketball at the three point line with six seconds remaining in overtime, Lucky Jones knew the exact play the six-foot-two guard was going to run. Since Brown isn’t known for his pull-up jump shot, Jones deduced that...

Pryor’s sharpshooting leads RMU past Wagner

Pryor’s sharpshooting leads RMU past Wagner

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 27, 2015

The shoot around period prior to every Robert Morris basketball game is a critical time for Rodney Pryor. During this 15 minute stretch, Pryor assesses his confidence level for the game at hand through the amount of shots he sinks from different spots...

Aaron Tate tipped-in a Marcquise Reed floater as time expired to propel RMU to a 53-52 win over CCSU.

Different day, different result

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 15, 2015

At first, it looked as if Saturday’s game was going to be a mirrored image of the one that took place two days prior. The situation was uncannily similar. There wasn’t much time left on the clock and the ball was in the hands of Marcquise Reed. Trailing...

Andy Toole couldnt believe his eyes after RMU shot 65.4 percent from the floor in the first half and just 25 percent in the second, en route to dropping a one point decision to LIU.

Second half meltdown dooms RMU

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 13, 2015

After the final buzzer sounded Thursday night, signifying the end of Robert Morris’ 63-62 loss to Long Island Brooklyn, Andy Toole quickly trotted into the locker room, forgoing his usual radio appearance with Chris Shovlin and Jim Elias. Despite...

With six games remaining in the regular season, Lucky Jones is nearing the end of his collegiate career.

Jones, RMU enter home-stretch of NEC play

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 12, 2015

Immediately after hurdling the Charles L. Sewall Center’s courtside seats in the final seconds of Robert Morris’ three point loss to Bryant on Jan. 31, Lucky Jones was examined by physicians for an injury sustained as a result of a head first dive...

With the help of Team IMPACT, 13-year-old Mikey Dugan was drafted by the Robert Morris lacrosse team during a press conference on Feb. 6.

Making an IMPACT

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 9, 2015

As Mikey Dugan trotted up to the media table to sign his National Letter of Intent – signifying his membership into the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse family – applause echoed throughout the second floor classroom in Joe Walton Stadium. When...

The RMU football team added 17 new players on National Signing Day.

17 ink letters of intent for RMU football on National Signing Day

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 4, 2015

The first Wednesday in February has become somewhat of a holiday for the sports world over the past three decades. National Signing Day, as it is affectionately known as, is the first official day a high school senior can sign a letter of intent to...

[Video] Andy Toole on RMU’s loss to Bryant

February 1, 2015

'AUDIO' - Andy Toole on loss to Bryant

Despite scoring 11 points in a two minute span late in the second half, Marcquise Reed and the Colonials were unable to take care of Bryant, falling by three.

[Video] Reed’s late-game heroics not enough to overcome Bryant

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 31, 2015

With 3:26 remaining, his team trailing by six and a share of first place in the Northeast Conference on the line, Marcquise Reed knew he had to do something if his squad wanted to take down Bryant for its fifth consecutive win. So like any natural...

Conrad Stephens (right) received his first playing time in an RMU uniform during the Colonials 22 point win over FDU.

That kind of Knight

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 30, 2015

With 50 seconds remaining Thursday evening against Fairleigh Dickinson, Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole decided to remove leading scorer Rodney Pryor from the floor in favor of Conrad Stephens, a former team manager turned walk-on. Taking the court,...

Pantaleo’s first career goal lifts RMU over Lindenwood

Pantaleo’s first career goal lifts RMU over Lindenwood

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 24, 2015

Amanda Pantaleo couldn’t have picked a better time to net the first goal of her collegiate career. With 21 seconds remaining in overtime and the score knotted at one, it seemed as if Robert Morris was going to settle for a draw against College Hockey...

The RMU womens hockey team gets set to host its annual Skate for a Cure this weekend.

RMU “Skating for the Cure” to aid family of women’s hockey alum

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 20, 2015

When College Hockey America instituted its Skate for the Cure fundraising weekend during the 2006-07 campaign, the Robert Morris women’s hockey team - along with other clubs in the league - was tasked with raising money to help find a remedy for cancer. Though...

Andre Fredrick posted career highs in points and rebounds against Sacred Heart.

Tate, Frederick power RMU past Pioneers

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 18, 2015

Prior to each Robert Morris home game, Andy Toole assumes his usual pre-game position next to the RMU Pep Band section of the bleachers at the Charles L. Sewall Center. Instead of joining his assistants at center court, the Robert Morris head coach...

Despite garnering rebounding record, Terriers too much for Jones & Co.

Despite garnering rebounding record, Terriers too much for Jones & Co.

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 17, 2015

It seems like every time Lucky Jones reaches a benchmark in his storied Robert Morris basketball career, the Colonials fall in a close contest. There was the Central Connecticut State game last February when RMU lost by one despite No. 22 becoming...

Aaron Tate contributed eight points, four rebounds and three assists in RMUs 25 point win over Mount St. Marys Saturday.

Preseason conditioning not enough for Mount St. Mary’s against RMU

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief January 3, 2015

After making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance last season, Mount St. Mary’s produced a video in the offseason. But this wasn’t a film about the program’s Northeast Conference championship run or a profile on the team. Rather MSM uploaded...

Brady Ferguson stick handles past PSUs David Glen and Patrick Koudys Monday night during RMUs Three Rivers Classic win over the Nittany Lions.

Penn State penalty propels RMU into title game

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief December 30, 2014

Derek Schooley and Guy Gadowsky have a lot in common. Both individuals are the first and only head coaches their respective programs have ever known and they acknowledge the fact that the Robert Morris Penn State rivalry is helping to grow the game...

RMU sank 17 consecutive free throws in the second half en route to its 84-81 win over Delaware.

[Video] Split persona RMU team narrowly knocks off Delaware

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief December 23, 2014

Andy Toole is starting to see a similarity between his team and the protagonist of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Much like a novella – which is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel...

Kavon Stewart finished with 12 points and 11 assists as RMU rolled over A-10 foe  Duquesne.

RMU pounds Dukes for first home win of season

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief December 13, 2014

As the final seconds were winding off the clock in Robert Morris’ 75-59 victory over Duquesne, Jim Ferry had a few words for Andy Toole while congratulating him on the his team’s fifth consecutive win against its cross-town rival. Ferry had to...

Revolutionary Relations hosting appreciation night to aid domestic violence victims

Revolutionary Relations hosting appreciation night to aid domestic violence victims

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief December 7, 2014

After hearing about National Football League star Ray Rice and his domestic abuse scandal, Heather DeShantz, Larissa Houk, Kyra Mayo, Emily Mycoff and Bre Stephens wanted to lend a helping hand to aid battered women in the area. And since they had...

Unforced turnovers plague RMU in loss to Buffalo

Unforced turnovers plague RMU in loss to Buffalo

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief December 7, 2014

After criticizing his team’s lack of effort following an eight point loss to Youngstown State Tuesday night, Andy Toole had to figure out a way to get his players to exert energy for a full 40 minute span. Though for the second straight contest,...

Rodney Pryor scored 14 points for RMU Tuesday night, but it wasnt enough to overcome Youngstown State.

Toole questions effort following loss to YSU

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief December 3, 2014

Andy Toole was puzzled following Robert Morris’ eight point loss to Youngstown State. After watching his team exert effort in small doses for short periods of time, the 34 year old had one question for the 12 players donning an RMU uniform Tuesday...

Lucky Jones scored 11 points in Wednesdays loss to Chattanooga.

Battle 4 Atlantis skid continues for Colonials

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief November 26, 2014

After competing against the likes of high-major programs North Carolina and Georgetown in its first two games of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, it appeared as if the Robert Morris men’s basketball team would have an easier test against the University...

Aaron Bowen blocks Marcquise Reeds layup attempt Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Smith, Hoyas hammer Robert Morris, 80-66

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief November 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. - Standing 6-foot-9, Lionel Gomis and Stephan Bennett – Robert Morris’ two tallest players – are built for a mid-major program, both in size and strength. But weighing in at 230 and 215 pounds, respectively, has made it difficult...

Despite a 24 point performance from Marcquise Reed, Robert Morris could not upset No. 6 ranked North Carolina Sunday night in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.

[Video] The need for Reed: Tar Heels trounce RMU in first road game

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief November 17, 2014

Chapel Hill, N.C. - Before the beginning of Sunday’s game against North Carolina, Marcquise Reed trotted out of the visiting locker-room and emerged onto the court from underneath a portion of bleachers, only to view a two tiered sea of baby blue. Upon...

Lafayette thrashes RMU in season opener

Lafayette thrashes RMU in season opener

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief November 15, 2014

In his five years at the helm of the Robert Morris men's basketball program, Andy Toole is undefeated when opening a season inside the friendly confines of the Charles L. Sewall Center. Until now. Toole was unable to go 4-0 when beginning a campaign...

Members of the RMU faculty team await to be introduced prior to the Troops N Hoops charity basketball game Tuesday night.

Troops ‘N Hoops a slam dunk with RMU community

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief November 12, 2014

John McCarthy has a connection with the game of basketball. The Robert Morris University Associate Professor of History played in high school, was a part of Bethany College’s program for two years in the mid-1990s and taught NBA All-Star Dwayne Wade...

Jones, RMU set sights on NCAA Tournament

Jones, RMU set sights on NCAA Tournament

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief November 11, 2014

The previous two seasons for the Robert Morris men’s basketball program have been a mirror image of each other. The Colonials battled high-major teams early in the year, cruised through league play and secured the NEC regular season  crown before...

Media, religion focal point of Khroul’s lecture

Media, religion focal point of Khroul’s lecture

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief October 23, 2014

Throughout its history, Russia has been a deeply religious society composed primarily of individuals of the Eastern Orthodox faith. However when the Communist Party of the Soviet Union seized power in 1917, the distinct freedoms of religion granted to...

Russ Yurk of USA Football answers student questions during the Sport Management Conference on October 17.

Sport Management Conference preps students for careers after college

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief October 22, 2014

When Danny Bonaventura returned to Robert Morris for the annual Sport Management Student Conference, the 2013 graduate was able to reconnect with his peers. Though, he not only caught up with former classmates, but also shared career insights with...

Robert Morris tabbed third in NEC preseason poll

Robert Morris tabbed third in NEC preseason poll

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief October 21, 2014

Despite winning the regular season Northeast Conference title with a 14-2 record last year, the Robert Morris men’s basketball team was slated to finish third in the league in the NEC preseason coaches poll, announced Tuesday afternoon at NEC media...

“Meet the Colonials” signifies beginning of basketball season at RMU

“Meet the Colonials” signifies beginning of basketball season at RMU

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-chief October 17, 2014

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="2" gal_title="Meet the Colonials"] Every sport has an occurrence that represents the beginning of a new season. Two months of Spring Training indicates that Major League Baseball is right around the corner and the National...

Tom Wolf  after his debate with incumbent governor Tom Corbett.

Relatability factor could propel Wolf to Harrisburg

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief October 15, 2014

On the surface, Tom Wolf is an average Pennsylvania resident from York County. The 65-year-old currently resides in his childhood home, drives a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, works for his family’s cabinetry business and like every other native of the Keystone...

Wagner too much for RMU at home, losing skid continues

Wagner too much for RMU at home, losing skid continues

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief October 6, 2014

The Robert Morris women's soccer team could not get back on track against Northeast Conference opponent Wagner on Sunday, falling 1-0 on a rainy afternoon at the North Athletic Complex. Robert Morris did have a few golden chances, but Wagner (5-6-1,...

RMU defeated the terriers in double-overtime Sunday afternoon via a Neco Brett goal.

Colonial Talk: RMU offense shut down by the Dukes

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-chief September 26, 2014

Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field, the home facility of the Duquesne men’s soccer program, is situated on the center of campus high above the Monongahela River. Over the course of the previous season, visiting opponents have had difficulty escaping...

WWII vet featured as Constitution Day speaker

WWII vet featured as Constitution Day speaker

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-chief September 19, 2014

In previous years, Robert Morris has held essay contests and debates in order to commemorate Constitution Day. However this year, Dr. Phillip Harold wanted to do things differently by bringing a guest speaker to campus. After discussing this possibility...

Panhellenic Council strives for strong Greek community

Panhellenic Council strives for strong Greek community

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief September 15, 2014

When CaraLee Russell first took over the position of President of Robert Morris University’s Panhellenic Council in November, her main objective was to fortify the bond between the Greek community and those not associated with a sorority. During...

RMU holds St. Bonaventure to draw

RMU holds St. Bonaventure to draw

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief September 7, 2014

After surrendering a late goal that ultimately proved to be the game-winner Friday at Bucknell, Becky Schoenecker vowed not to do the same in Robert Morris’ following match against St. Bonaventure. With four minutes remaining in double overtime,...

Battle 4 Atlantis contests highlight 2014-15 RMU basketball schedule

Battle 4 Atlantis contests highlight 2014-15 RMU basketball schedule

Nick Buzzelli, Editor-in-Chief June 12, 2014

Ever since the Robert Morris men’s basketball team won its first National Invitation Tournament game in 2013, the Colonials were able to secure big name non-conference matchups with some of college basketball’s most elite programs. During the 2013-14...

Tate the Great

Tate the Great

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor May 1, 2014
RMU forward Aaron Tate finds time to balance Division I basketball and a mechanical engineering major.

A final farewell

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 25, 2014

After Artemis Spanou exited Saturday afternoon’s NCAA first-round Tournament contest against Notre Dame with 52 seconds left, Sal Buscaglia took a moment to embrace the forward before she took a seat on the bench. While Spanou, Robert Morris basketball’s...

Belmont ends RMU’s NIT run

Belmont ends RMU’s NIT run

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 21, 2014

As the final seconds were winding down on Robert Morris’ 2013-14 season, seniors Karvel Anderson and Anthony Myers-Pate took a second to embrace at half court of Belmont’s Curb Athletic Center. It wasn’t the picturesque ending to their careers...

Colonials conquer St. John’s in NIT opening round

Colonials conquer St. John’s in NIT opening round

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 18, 2014

After Karvel Anderson drained his first shot from beyond the arc in the opening minute of RMU’s first round National Invitation Tournament matchup against St. John’s, a gaping grin flashed across the face of the 6-foot-2 guard. Perhaps Anderson...

Seton Hall survives scare from Butler in Big East Tournament

Seton Hall survives scare from Butler in Big East Tournament

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 13, 2014

New York - After finding success at the mid-major level, which included back-to-back second place finishes in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournaments, Butler University bounced between the Horizon League and A-10 before settling on the Big East Conference...

Mount St. Mary’s whacks RMU’s NCAA Tournament aspirations

Mount St. Mary’s whacks RMU’s NCAA Tournament aspirations

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 12, 2014

If Robert Morris had things its way, the Colonials would have defeated rival Mount St. Mary’s in front of a packed Charles L. Sewall Center exactly five years to the day when Dallas Green’s mid-range jumper lifted RMU over the Mountaineers for the...

RMU storms back against Red Flash, secures berth in NEC title game

RMU storms back against Red Flash, secures berth in NEC title game

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 8, 2014

The Robert Morris men’s basketball team had its worst offensive first half of the 2013-14 season on Saturday in the Northeast Conference semifinals, mustering 15 points on a 7-28 performance from the field. But while RMU struggled to put the ball...

Robert Morris knocks off Knights in NEC Tournament

Robert Morris knocks off Knights in NEC Tournament

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor March 6, 2014

If there’s one word that describes Karvel Anderson, it’s dependable. The Colonials have depended on the Northeast Conference Player of the Year’s offensive abilities throughout the 2013-14 season and on every occasion, he’s delivered. But...

Distance not a factor for RMU and Wagner

Distance not a factor for RMU and Wagner

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 28, 2014

Rivalries are a given in collegiate athletics, but more often than not, they’re based solely off of geographic location and not competitiveness. Then again, when Robert Morris and Wagner, two schools separated by 396 miles, meet on the hardwood,...

Kimani Smith (15)

Two RMU football players suspended for violation of university policy

Nick Buzzelli and Chris Mueller February 23, 2014

When the Robert Morris football program takes the field for the first time during the John Banaszak era next year, it will be without linebacker Kimani Smith and defensive back Brian Jones. Smith and Jones were charged with disorderly conduct stemming...

Resilient Robert Morris storms back to takedown Terriers

Resilient Robert Morris storms back to takedown Terriers

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 22, 2014

With the score knotted at 62 with two seconds remaining in regulation of Saturday afternoon’s game against St. Francis Brooklyn, Karvel Anderson had the chance to win the game for the Colonials. But his jumper from the top of the key hit the back of...

Anderson ignites RMU’s victory run

Anderson ignites RMU’s victory run

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 21, 2014

Karvel Anderson looked lethargic on the court in the first half of Thursday night’s contest against Long Island. But at halftime, teammate David Appolon threw a Gatorade bottle in Anderson’s direction and apparently it was the spark needed to propel...

RMU nearly gets whacked by Mount St. Mary’s

RMU nearly gets whacked by Mount St. Mary’s

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 15, 2014

During halftime of Robert Morris' Northeast Conference contest against Mount St. Mary's,Chipper Harris, a member of the 1981-82 ECAC championship team, was the first player to be enshrined into RMU’s Ring of Honor with the unveiling of a banner bearing...

Colonials, Syracuse battle to 3-3 tie

Colonials, Syracuse battle to 3-3 tie

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 8, 2014

In any sport, athletes typically strive to acquire personal accolades and team success, but often times, they’re only able to attain one or the other. However throughout her stint with the Robert Morris women’s hockey team, Thea Imbrogno has been...

Robert Morris rallies around suspended teammates

Robert Morris rallies around suspended teammates

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 5, 2014

Nearly one hour before Robert Morris’ matchup against Wagner on January 25, Jeremiah Worthem and Britton Lee were among the first fans seated in the student section of the Charles L. Sewall Center. Despite being suspended indefinitely at the time,...

Blue Devils spear RMU’s hopes of going undefeated in league play

Blue Devils spear RMU’s hopes of going undefeated in league play

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor February 1, 2014

While most teams have instances in which they utilize runs to chalk up the score of a basketball game, Robert Morris was putting together a pretty impressive run of its own involving victories. But like all other runs, the Colonials’ unbeaten sprint...

Bryant’s late comeback falls short as Colonials extend winning streak

Bryant’s late comeback falls short as Colonials extend winning streak

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 31, 2014

There wasn’t too much that was conventional about Robert Morris’ matchup against Bryant University Thursday night. It was a nationally televised game in front of an enthusiastic Charles L. Sewall Center crowd, something that doesn’t occur that...

Remaining Colonials step up as roster dwindles down

Remaining Colonials step up as roster dwindles down

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 28, 2014

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Just ask the Robert Morris men’s basketball team. Losing over 42% of their program in a matter of two weeks, the Colonials, who are unbeaten in Northeast Conference play, have had to take on new roles...

Eight is enough . . . for the basketball gods

Eight is enough . . . for the basketball gods

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 27, 2014

In a matter of days, due to absences and suspensions, Andy Toole’s roster shrunk from 14 players down to eight able-bodied student athletes. So, in an effort to unify the remainder of his team, the 33-year old head coach is adopting the title of a...

Colonials preserve perfect conference record in win over Wagner

Colonials preserve perfect conference record in win over Wagner

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 25, 2014

Kavon Stewart celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday at the Charles L. Sewall Center and his team delivered the best gift of all. A victory. Stewart, who was 10 of 12 from the charity stripe, helped ice the contest for Robert Morris by draining...

Robert Morris pummels Pioneers despite shortened bench

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 23, 2014

Anthony Myers-Pate and the rest of his teammates didn’t find out that they would be without four players until moments before Thursday night’s game against Sacred Heart. But that didn’t affect the squad’s performance on the court. Despite...

Worthem finding his niche in NEC play

Worthem finding his niche in NEC play

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 23, 2014

When Jeremiah Worthem stepped to the free throw line with five seconds remaining in Robert Morris’s contest against Saint Francis (PA) on January 16th, the Charles L. Sewall Center was silent. The fans weren’t inaudible because they didn’t think...

Anderson anchoring RMU’s run through the NEC

Anderson anchoring RMU’s run through the NEC

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 17, 2014

Karvel Anderson’s twitter handle is @ThaBestKeptScrt, but because of the way he’s been playing of late, the Northeast Conference is taking notice. Which means he isn’t a secret anymore. “He [Anderson] is making tough shots, but he’s working...

Second half surge carries Colonials past Saint Francis 73-68

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 17, 2014

The Robert Morris men’s basketball team has won 12 straight games over in-state conference foe Saint Francis (Pa). Even though the Red Flash nearly scored an upset over RMU, leading by as much as 11 with 4:40 remaining, the Colonials had other plans. Karvel...

Defensive communication key to success of RMU basketball

Defensive communication key to success of RMU basketball

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor January 2, 2014

Over the course of the previous five seasons, the Robert Morris men’s basketball team has prided itself for its stringent defense, holding opponents to an average of 65.2 points per game during that time. But because of six players who are new to...

Karvel Anderson leaps into the lane.

Cowboys cruise past Colonials in final contest of 2013

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor December 30, 2013

The Robert Morris men’s basketball team wasn’t expected to knock off the No. 6 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in its final game of 2013. But despite the fact that they didn’t leave Stillwater with a victory, RMU was able to play some of its best...

Singer, RMU field hockey team struggle to comprehend athletic cuts

Singer, RMU field hockey team struggle to comprehend athletic cuts

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor December 16, 2013

It was a typical Tuesday afternoon near the end of her third semester at Robert Morris when Emma Singer heard the news that would shatter her world. The sophomore was sitting in class when her cell phone received a text from an unknown number asking...

Browning excelling on the links for RMU men’s golf team

Browning excelling on the links for RMU men’s golf team

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor December 15, 2013

After graduating from West Allegheny Senior High School in 2012, Garrett Browning had the opportunity to golf at various collegiate programs, but ultimately chose Robert Morris for its academics over athletics. “It [RMU] is a good business school,...

Colonials pursue perfect defensive formula

Colonials pursue perfect defensive formula

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor December 9, 2013

The last time the Robert Morris men’s basketball program implemented a zone defense into its game plan for the majority of a contest, Andy Toole was an assistant at Lafayette and Mark Schmidt was at the helm of the Colonials. Fast forward six years. Amid...

Colonials suffer fifth setback in a row

Colonials suffer fifth setback in a row

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor December 7, 2013

It was a tale of two halves for the Robert Morris men’s basketball team. Attempting to snap a four game losing streak, the Colonials fired on all cylinders in the first half, shooting 73.9% from the floor. However during the final 20 minutes of play,...

Robert Morris disbands seven Division I programs

Robert Morris disbands seven Division I programs

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor December 3, 2013

For a relatively small institution, Robert Morris University sponsored more Division I athletic programs (23), than Pitt and West Virginia, who are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 respectively. However, RMU Athletic Director Craig...

Cleveland State conquers Colonials in Keightley Classic

Cleveland State conquers Colonials in Keightley Classic

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor November 23, 2013

For the second straight game, the Robert Morris men's basketball program began a contest firing on all offensive cylinders. But unlike its matchup against Texas Arlington on November 21 in which the Colonials netted the first 14 points, RMU, who began...

Colonials survive scare from Dowell, UTA

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor November 22, 2013

After dropping its first two games in the Keightley Classic, a five point loss to Eastern Michigan, followed by an 87-49 trouncing to the Kentucky Wildcats, the Robert Morris men's basketball team thought that they could cruise past the University of...

Contest aims to promote photography among campus community

Contest aims to promote photography among campus community

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor November 19, 2013

Seeing the outdated photographs depicting student engagement in the Edward A. Nicholson Student Center rotunda encouraged Jenna Hidinger and members of Julianne Michalenko’s business and professional communication course to try to replace the pictures...

Un-‘Lucky’ in Kentucky: Wildcats wrangle RMU in round two

Un-‘Lucky’ in Kentucky: Wildcats wrangle RMU in round two

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor November 18, 2013

Lexington, KY - The Robert Morris men’s basketball team should have never played at Kentucky in the Keightley Classic. Rather, they should have been in Lexington eight months ago, for the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, but Rupp...

RMU trounces Tigers in season opener

RMU trounces Tigers in season opener

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor November 10, 2013

Andy Toole and the Robert Morris men’s basketball program love hosting season openers in the Charles L. Sewall Center. Literally. For the third time in Toole’s four seasons at the helm of the Colonials, RMU began the season inside the friendly...

Colonials secure playoff berth with win over Monmouth

Colonials secure playoff berth with win over Monmouth

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor November 3, 2013

In nine years as a member of the Northeast Conference, the Robert Morris field hockey program was never able to claim a playoff berth. But in their first season in their new league, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, RMU was able to do just that. The...

Robert Morris narrowly knocks off Cal U in preseason play

Robert Morris narrowly knocks off Cal U in preseason play

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor October 28, 2013

The last time the Robert Morris men's basketball squad took the Charles L. Sewall Center court for a contest, they pulled off an improbable victory over Kentucky in the National Invitation Tournament. Monday night, in the Colonials’ first game on...

Kickin’ it in the Crescent City: SCJ Officers invade New Orleans

Kickin’ it in the Crescent City: SCJ Officers invade New Orleans

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor October 25, 2013

From the French Quarter to Bourbon Street, New Orleans is crawling with history and culture and its no wonder that the College Media Association decided to hold its 92nd annual Fall Convention in the Crescent City from October 23-27. During my three...

Colonials join MAAC after collapse of NEC field hockey

Colonials join MAAC after collapse of NEC field hockey

Nick Buzzelli, Sports Editor October 17, 2013

Although field hockey was never the Northeast Conference’s most popular sport for female athletes, with only half of the member institutions sponsoring a team, the league managed to subsist with a solid core of six programs during its 14 year existence. That...

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