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Colonials to take part in Keightley Classic and will visit Rupp Arena in November
Moon Township, Pa. - Sept. 23, 2013 - Non-conference home games against Savannah State, Toledo and Campbell, a rematch with Kentucky as part of the 2013 Keightley Classic and a full slate of Northeast Conference games highlights the 2013-14 Robert Morris University men's basketball schedule, fourth-year head coach Andrew Toole announced Monday.
The Colonials open the year with an exhibition contest against California (Pa.) Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Charles L. Sewall Center.
RMU will open its 38th season of Division I basketball and its 2013-14 regular season Saturday, Nov. 9, with a 7:00 p.m. tip against Savannah State at the Sewall Center. All-time in season openers, Robert Morris has posted a record of 19-18 (.514), including a mark of 15-2 (.882) in season-opening games at home.
Following its season opener with the Tigers, the Colonials will take to the road for the first time in 2013-14 with a 7:00 p.m. tilt at Lafayette Tuesday, Nov. 12.
RMU follows its game against the Leopards by taking part in the 2013 Keightley Classic, hosted by the University of Kentucky. The field for the tournament includes Eastern Michigan, Cleveland State, Texas-Arlington and Robert Morris and is named in honor of Bill Keightley, who served as UK's basketball equipment manager and was known as "Mr. Wildcat."
The Colonials open play in the tourney at Eastern Michigan Thursday, Nov. 14, and will square off with the host Wildcats Sunday, Nov. 17, at Rupp Arena in a game that will be televised live on ESPN2. Tip time is 7:00 p.m.
Robert Morris receives a home game as part of the Keightley Classic, as the Colonials welcome Texas-Arlington to the Sewall Center Thursday, Nov. 21, for a 7:00 p.m. tip. RMU closes out the tourney Saturday, Nov. 23, with a 3:00 p.m. contest at Cleveland State.
Also on the non-conference slate for Robert Morris in 2013-14 are road games at Buffalo (Nov. 26), Delaware (Nov. 30), Youngstown State (Dec. 4), Duquesne (Dec. 14), Oakland (Dec. 22), Oklahoma State (Dec. 30) and Alabama (Jan. 4) and home contests against Toledo (Dec. 7) and Campbell (Dec. 18).
The Colonials open NEC play with a pair of road games, visiting Fairfield, Conn., for a 7:00 p.m. tip against Sacred Heart Thursday, Jan. 9, before traveling to Smithfield, R.I., for a 3:00 p.m. tilt against Bryant Saturday, Jan. 11.
RMU enters the 2013-14 campaign having posted an overall record of 141-67 (.678) over the last six seasons, both a school and NEC record. Over that span, the Colonials rank eighth among mid-major programs in victories, tied with Davidson.
Robert Morris returns two starters and six letterwinners from a 2012-13 squad that finished with an overall record of 24-11 (.686) and claimed its 10th NEC regular-season title with a mark of 14-4 (.778).
The Colonials advanced to the postseason for the fifth time in the last six years in 2012-13, advancing to the second round of the 2013 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after earning a 59-57 victory over Kentucky (3/19/13) at the Sewall Center in front of 3,444 fans, the largest crowd in school history. In the second round of the NIT, RMU dropped a 77-68 decision at Providence (3/25/13).
Returning as starters for RMU in 2013-14 are forwards Lucky Jones (Newark, N.J. / St. Anthony) and Mike McFadden (Newark, N.J. / Technology).
Jones enters his junior season in 2013-14 as the program's active leading in both scoring (691 points) and rebounding (416) and needs 306 points and 84 boards, respectively, to become the 13th player in school history to eclipse career totals of 1,000 points and 500 caroms. In 2012-13 he averaged 11.6 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game en route to earning All-NEC Third Team honors.
McFadden owns career totals of 653 points and 300 rebounds entering his final season of eligibility in 2013-14. In 33 contests last year, McFadden produced averages of 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 56.5 percent (109-for-193) from the field, which ranked fourth in the NEC.
Robert Morris also returns its leading scorer from last season in senior guard Karvel Anderson (Elkhart, Ind. / Glen Oaks Community College). In 2012-13, Anderson averaged 12.5 points per game on the strength of a team-high 82 three pointers, which established an RMU single-season record by a member of the junior class.