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Toole counting on freshmen as NEC play heats up

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Braden Burke has made 13 of 18 shots in his last three games. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

There typically comes a time in any given game where Andy Toole can feel his stress level rising while he paces the outskirts of the coaching box on the Robert Morris bench.

If you were to examine the lineup on the court during those times for the Colonials, you'll likely find that Toole has three freshmen out there together, too.

"It certainly affects my well being and my anxiety levels, that’s for sure," Toole joked after a 62-58 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn last weekend. 

As much as it makes Toole pace back and forth and hold his breath, sometimes going with Clive Allen at point guard, Dachon Burke at the two-guard and Braden Burke in the post is the best option. While all still raw, the three freshmen are learning that they're vital to what this Colonial team is hoping to accomplish in turning its season around.