Written by Bryan Messerly
One of the top inside basketball players in school history, Maurice “Mo” Robinson enjoyed an outstanding career from 1975-78.
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A native of Welch, W.Va., Robinson played in 105 games during his career, averaging 12.4 points per contest. He scored 1,307 points (ranks 24th in school history) and grabbed 881 rebounds (ranks ninth in school history), averaging 8.4 boards during his career. In addition, Robinson shot 52.8 percent from the field during his playing career, which ranks eighth in school history in career field goal percentage.
He is a member of the 1976-85 WVU All-Time Basketball Team. As a senior, Robinson averaged 19.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. A four-year letterman who was team captain as a senior, Robinson earned All-Eastern 8 First Team honors in his final season as a Mountaineer.
As a junior, he averaged 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds and was named All-Eastern 8 Second Team.
Robinson is still the last Mountaineer player to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game when he had 20 against City College of New York on Dec. 7, 1977. He scored a career-high 34 points against Penn State in 1978. Robinson led the Eastern 8 in field goal percentage in 1976-77 at 55.8 percent.
He had 42 double-doubles (fifth in school history), 66 10-point games (23rd in school history) and 19 20-point games (21st in school history). Robinson had 17 double-doubles during his senior season in 1977-78.
Robinson was taken in the ninth round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
He was one of the most widely-recruited players in the nation as a senior at Welch High. Robinson scored 1,748 points in high school, averaging 19.4 points per game. He was coach Joedy Gardner’s first recruit at WVU.
Robinson has lived in Morgantown since he finished his degree in 1979. He and his wife, Roselle, have three children, Marcel, Martine and Marlan - all graduates of WVU. He is also the proud grandfather of three: Gavinn, Bryson and Braydon.