Running Out of Home Court Magic
The Rose Hill Gym has helped push Fordham over the hump in one heart-stopping game after the next this season. Of their eight home wins in 2011-2012, five have been by six points or fewer. The Dayton Flyers came into the Bronx this afternoon and reversed that theme with a 72-70 overtime victory to even their Atlantic 10 record at 5-5, Fordham drops to 2-8 in conference play.
The game ended when Alberto Estwick’s errant inbounds pass from beneath the Fordham basket ended up in the arms of Dayton guard Josh Parker as time expired. The loss was Fordham’s third in-a-row
Clinging to a 63-61 advantage with 30 seconds remaining, Fordham needed a defensive stop in order to clinch the victory. Dayton, under first year head coach Archie Miller, put the ball in Kevin Dillard’s hands (the conference’s top assist man) and the point guard slipped down the right side of the lane and converted the game-tying layup with 19 seconds remaining.
Moments later Fordham emerged from its final timeout and Devon McMillan missed a runner in the lane at the buzzer to send the game into the extra period. McMillan was quick to get Fordham on the board in overtime as the freshman promptly stepped up and drilled his sixth three pointer of the season to give the Rams a 66-63 lead. Seconds later Chris Johnson cruised down the right side of the floor and stuck a triple of his own from the right wing to knot the game at 66.
Dayton then scored six of the next eight points to take a 72-68 lead with a minute left in overtime, it was the Flyers largest lead of the game. On Fordham’s next possession Bryan Smith was fouled on the way to the basket and converted both free throws to bring Fordham to within a bucket with 53 seconds left.
Kervin Bristol came up with a game-saving block on the subsequent possession that gave the Rams the ball with a chance to tie or win with 20 seconds left. Branden Frazier missed a jumper with 5 seconds remaining but Chris Johnson traveled after gathering the defensive rebound leading up to the Estwick turnover that ended the game.
Fordham falls to 9-14 on the season and will next be in action on Wednesday in Pittsburgh when they clash with Duquesne at 7:00. Tune into 90.7 FM or WFUV.org for the One on One pregame report at 6:55pm.
Listen below to the postgame report.