City Sports Report

For Fordham, the road ahead only gets tougher

Eric Paschall

The reality for Fordham is, with conference play less than a couple of weeks away, they’re running out of road to get on the right track.

The Rams were dealt another setback when they were defeated by Manhattan, 71-57, in the Battle of the Bronx at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The loss dropped Fordham to 3-6 on the season with two games remaining until the beginning of conference play for them.

“We always give our team three keys to the game”, said Fordham head coach Tom Pecora, “and number three is generally the most important. Tonight it was the tougher team will win the game; and they did.”

The Rams jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first half before Manhattan charged back with an 18-4 run of their own. The Jaspers took the lead and never looked back, while for Fordham, the inconsistencies that have been their Achilles heel this season, once again were an issue in this game. Fordham’s youth continues to hinder them. The Rams were careless with the basketball again, turning it over 18 times. They shot 48 percent from the free throw line, 31 percent from the three-point line. Free throw shooting and turnovers, arguably, was the difference in the game.

“We talked about veterans stepping up for us. Since we play seven freshmen it’s really important that our veteran players step up and have big games … I thought (Manhattan’s) three veterans stepped up and did a really good job. Our guys struggled at times; they were up and down.”

With a grueling Atlantic-10 conference schedule quickly approaching, losing to a Manhattan team that came into the game with a 3-7 record, has to be disappointment for Fordham. They’re running out of time to find the consistency they’ll need to have any type of success in the conference this season.

Quick Points

Mandell Thomas was the only Ram to score in double-digits against Manhattan with 14 points. The team’s leading scorer, Eric Paschall, was held to 8 points. The lack of a consistent, go-to offensive threat this season continues to hinder Fordham.

Emmy Andujar of Manhattan took home MVP honors, the senior forward finished with 14 points.

The Battle of the Bronx was played outside of the Bronx for just the second time in the 107-game series. The Jaspers defeated Fordham at Madison Square Garden in 2001.

What’s Next

Fordham returns to Rose Hill Gym on Sunday, December 28 to welcome in Howard.

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