Rodney Pryor, RMU guard, named Northeast Conference Player of the Week


Rodney Pryor, Senior guard of the Robert Morris University men’s basketball team, was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

The announcement comes following Rodney Pryor’s 22-point performance at Duquesne on Saturday. In that game, he also accumulated eight rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks. Pryor had the opportunity to tie the game up with 44 seconds left to play, but his three point attempt from the wing missed off the mark.

“Certainly an intense, hard-fought game,” head coach Andy Toole said following the city rivalry game, according to “We kept ourselves close and had a few chances at the end, but we just missed a few shots. Give Duquesne credit, they did an outstanding job on the glass. We know that it was pick your poison, as even though we did a good job trying to take away the three-pointer, they capitalized on second-chance opportunities.”

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The Colonials begin to build some steam heading into conference play, where Moon Township fans expect nothing less than great from reigning NEC champions.

Pryor has proven this week he’s the head of the team this week, with a game-high 27 points vs Columbia on the 14th and then 20 points vs in their victory over Lehigh on the 17th.

This marks the 6’5″, 205-pounders fourth NEC player of the week award in his career. Pryor currently leads the NEC in points per game with 21.7, and has scored at least 20 points in his last five games, a first in program history.

He not only leads the team shooting wise, but also on the boards as well, leading the team in rebounds per game with 7.1. Pryor also knows how to shoot from the line, with a team high in free throw percentage at 86.4 percent.

Pryor will look to continue his high caliber play next week, when the Colonials take on the always challenging Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday the 29th. Hopefully the Colonials can take their time off to get some practice in and prepare to attempt an upset against the Bulldogs, who have some impressive wins against Oakland and Georgia Tech.

Oakland has been their only familiar foe with Robert Morris, who the Colonials lost to 92-74 in Moon earlier this year. In that game, Pryor went 12-23 with field goals and had 12 rebounds, and hopefully he can provide that kind of play against Georgia following his Christmas break.

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Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM EST at the Stegeman Coliseum.