Fordham victorious in home opener
Coming off of a loss to #5 Syracuse, Fordham’s home opener was everything they could have wanted and more. They cruised to a 64-49 win over the Binghamton Bearcats, evening their record at 1-1 in the process. The young Rams jumped all over Binghamton early, and with strong defense serving as the primary catalyst, led the Bearcats by an astonishing 41-17 margin at the end of the 1st half. However, Binghamton was not ready to go quietly into the night. The Bearcats used a Fordham dry spell to close the gap to 13 with 15:10 to go in the 2nd half, but got no closer, as the Rams offense, which went nearly 6 minutes without registering a point at the start of the 2nd, regained its form and put the game out of reach.
The Rams were at their best when they were attacking the hoop, particularly off of turnovers, as they scored 30 points in the paint, more than double the Bearcats total of 14. For Fordham, Branden Frazier led all scorers with 18, and after going 0-7 from behind the arc against Syracuse, rediscovered his stroke and nailed 3 triples. Freshman Bryan Smith and Devon “Fatty” McMillan continued to impress in what was for each just his second collegiate game. Smith came off the bench to pour in 14 of the Rams 16 bench points, and the dynamic McMillan had 14 points and 3 assists, as he continues to learn the finer points of orchestrating a collegiate offense. Not to be overshadowed, Chris Gaston notched his 37th career double-double, as he went for 15 points and 11 rebounds. For the Rams, it’s their first win in a home opener since 2007-08, and is the first of what the coaching staff and fans hope will be many impressive games.
To listen to the postgame report from Kyle Kesses and I, click below.