Fordham Earns Hardfought 79-75 Win At Manhattan

by Mike Watts
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Fordham's "Big Three" (Frazier, Thomas, Severe) combine for 68 points

Fordham (3-2) scored one of the biggest wins under Tom Pecora, a tightly contested road victory over rival Manhattan College (3-2).

The Rams leapt out to an early lead in the Draddy Gymnasium, extending the advantage to a game high 11 points with a Mandell Thomas three with 12:44 to go in the first half.  Jon Severe's career high 30 points, including 10 of Fordham's first 14 points, and Mandell Thomas' hot shooting keyed the Rams offense during the run.

Branden Frazier shined the in the game's final minute, giving Fordham a lead it wouldn't relinquish with 59 secons remaining before drilling two clutch free throws to seal the win.  The victory is Fordham's first over Manhattan College since Tom Pecora's first season on Rose Hill, and the Rams first win in the Draddy Gymnasium since 2007.

Fordham used just seven players in the win, with Frazier and Thomas playing the full 40 minutes.

The Jaspers shot just 18.8% from three point land, in line with Fordham's outstanding three point defense through five games (fifth best in the nation). George Beamon scored 24 points, but was harassed all night to the tune of 7 of 21 shooting from the field, including just 2 of 11 from beyond the arc. Rhamel Brown was the only other Jasper in double figures, with 12 points.

The Rams won't return to the court until after the Thanksgiving break, when they host Furman on December 4th.  

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