Duquesne-RMU men’s basketball won’t play in 2018-19 |
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Duquesne-RMU men’s basketball won’t play in 2018-19

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Robert Morris' Isaiah Still drives to the basket against Duquesne's Nakye Sanders during the second half Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, at PPG Paints Arena.

The Duquesne and Robert Morris men’s basketball teams have played in “City Game II” for the past 15 seasons.

That rivalry will be on hold this season, according to a source from Robert Morris.

The universities are halting the series with Duquesne leading 16-12.

A Duquesne official said the school wouldn’t comment on the 2018-19 schedule until it is released.

Robert Morris has won seven of the past eight meetings, including a 66-59 victory in 2018 at the Duquesne’s Palumbo Center.

Robert Morris, which has won the past two meetings, earned five consecutive victories from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

Duquesne and Pitt will continue to play their City Game.

Both schools, according to officials, are working on completing the schedule for the 2018-19 season. It is unknown if the schools will play in the future.

The Colonials and Pitt haven’t played since the 2011-12 season.

Robert Morris, which typically plays 31 games, is playing in the Hall of Fame preseason tournament and will play against Southern California, Stetson, Missouri State and an unnamed opponent that will play at Robert Morris.

It will open the season Nov. 6 at Southern Cal.

The Colonials also are scheduled to play at Purdue (Nov. 23), Louisville (Dec. 18), Drexel and Rider. Youngstown State will play at Robert Morris, likely at PPG Paints Arena.

According to the source, RMU coach Andy Toole is still looking to schedule five or six more games. Many games have been decided, but the school is waiting on contracts to be returned.

The Colonials hope to open their new facility in time for the start of the Northeast Conference season.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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