City Sports Report

Fordham must get offense to mask early struggles on defense

Fordham vs George Mason Opening round of A10 Basketball Championship

The phrase “the best defense is a good offense” has not equaled to success for Fordham in recent years.

Struggles on defense last season contributed to why Fordham finished with only two wins in conference play. Two games into the new season, all signs are pointing to more of the same problems for the Rams.

Fordham split their first two games with a win over NY Institute of Technology and a road loss to Penn State. Offense has not been the problem,  Fordham is averaging 74 points. However it’s been a struggle for head coach Tom Pecora to find a way to get stops on defense. The Rams are giving up an average of 75 points on 49.1 percent shooting. That’s a recipe for disaster in the long run.

The offense is expected to be a strength for Fordham this season, however it’s been inconsistent so far. They don’t have a problem getting shots up, however they’re struggling overall from the field with low percentages across the board. This is an indication of poor shot selection.

Inexperience can be argued as the primary reason for Fordham’s inconsistencies. The Rams have the potential to be explosive on offense, however it’s important to remember this is a group very young in it’s core. Freshman Eric Paschall was electric in the Ram’s season opener at home against NYIT with a team-high 31 points, however he struggled against Penn State, scoring only seven points before fouling out. Fordham’s other go-to option on offense, sophomore Jon Severe, missed the game against NYIT with a suspension. Severe failed to score in the loss to Penn State, only seeing 11 minutes of action.

It doesn’t get any easier for Pecora’s young squad, the Rams are back on the road in their next game against Maryland. The 2-0 Terrapins are averaging 87.5 points on 55.1 percent shooting this season.

Fordham’s defensive struggles are an area of concern, until that’s fixed, they must get consistency from what’s supposed to be their strength, on offense.

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