Saturday, December 20, 2008

Palace live blog

FINAL: Robert Morris 73, CMU 60
See for full recap shortly.

2:59 remaining, second half
RMU 72, CMU 54
RMU has stymied all of CMU's comeback attempts with its continuous attack of the basket. The Colonials have 39 free throw attempts and are shooting 65.6 percent from the field. The Chippewas came within 13, 63-50, on a few steals with a full-court press, but eventually, the Colonials regained control.

11:48 remaining, second half
RMU 58, CMU 39
CMU still cannot get anything going on the offensive end, scoring only six points thus far. The fouls keep coming, nearly every offensive possession for the Colonials, as CMU has eight team fouls already. RMU? 1.

15:55 remaining, second half
RMU 50, CMU 35
CMU responded with a basket from Robbie Harman after the timeout, but RMU went back to offense. Senior forward Marcus Van committed his fourth foul with a hard foul underneath, for which the referees warned both Van and Zeigler.

17:01 remaining, second half
RMU 48, CMU 33
CMU continues to struggle to open the half, allowing uncontested layups up the middle to RMU sophomore guard Gary Wallace. Coach Ernie Zeigler had seen enough. He called timeout, took off his sportcoat and went off on his players. I've never seen him so heated.

18:30 remaining, second half
RMU 46, CMU 33
Less than two minutes in, Jeremy Allen already has four fouls and CMU has yet to score.

HALFTIME: Robert Morris 41, CMU 33
RMU shot a blistering 72.2 percent from the field in the first half, shooting 13-of-18 and 12-of-17 from the free throw line. CMU, meanwhile, made the same amount of field goals but shot 10 more times (13-for-28) and shot just 5-of-11 from the line. RMU is also outrebounding CMU 16-10.

Three players from Robert Morris score 8 points, including leading scorer Jeremy Chappell. Marcus Van leads CMU with 12 points, while Robbie Harman has 8 and Jeremy Allen has 6.

1:05 p.m.

3-0 CMU The game is underway, with Marcus Van hitting an inside layup and making the ensuing foul shot. The Palace is largely empty, with a smattering of fans in the upperdeck. The ends are closed with a black curtain in the upper deck.

9-11 Jeremy Allen over a RMY defender from outside

15:00 9-13 Jeremy Chappell runner in the lane over Van

11-13 Van inside jumper

11-15 RMU leads Foul on Van inside on blocking foul, basket's good.

14:36 remaining, first half
The teams look evenly matched thus far. Jordan Bitzer is on the bench with two fouls already, and CMU has six team fouls in about the same number of minutes into the game.CMU is looking to get the ball inside early, with a majority of the team's shots coming from there. RMU has opened up with two 3-pointers and is drawing fouls on a consistent basis. The refs are calling it tight.

13:12 remaining, first half
11-18 RMU guard Jimmy Langhurst has gone off, hitting a 3-pointer and a long two to lead RMU with five points.


14-19 Robbie Harman hits a 3-pointer

CMU 17, RMU 21
Marcus Van is establishing himself early as a threat down low for CMU, as he has 10 points. It's something CMU needs considering Chris Kellermann and Marko Spica, two of the team's big men, are out indefinitely.

6:49 remaining, first half

RMU 27, CMU 24
Central is staying in the game with some good execution in its offensive sets, along with some clutch shooting. Robbie Harman has 6 points, two 3-pointers that were much-needed boosts. Freshman forward Lawrence Bridges, from Detroit, is playing well inside. But fouls and free throw shooting continue to be issues. CMU is already over 10 fouls and is shooting poorly from the free throw line.

3:56 remaining, first half
RMU 31, CMU 26

3:18 remaining, first half
RMU 33, CMU 28
Robbie Harman is keeping CMU in the game. He drives the lane for a hard-fought layup, but CMU's defense continues to foul RMU and the Colonials are making them pay.

1:43 remaining, first half
RMU 35, CMU 31
CMU's full-court defense paid off in the form of Jeremy Allen's steal and lay-in to bring CMU within four. The team then stole the ball on RMU's next possession and Antonio Weary called timeout from the floor to secure possession.

1:55 p.m. Halftime
RMU 41, CMU 33
The Colonials closed off the first half with a 6-2 run. With about a minute left, Hardiman stole the ball and had a shot at a dunk. But he missed as a RMU defender contested and Harman missed the follow up.

Notes: Former CMU forward Nate Minnoy ius in the crowd, watching his old team in action.

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