Fordham Comes up Short at Loyola, Drops to 1-2
When Fordham Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Pecora put together the 2011-2012 schedule he spaced the Rams’ first three games over the course of two weeks. The philosophy proved lethal when the Rams cruised past Binghamton in the second game of the year; however, on Saturday afternoon in Chicago it became perilous. The Rams fell behind 15-3 over the first five minutes of the game and shot 28% from the field on the day as Fordham lost their first ever meeting with Loyola University of Chicago, 64-50.
The chief concern following an eight day layoff and America’s most gluttonous holiday is lethargy and that is exactly what plagued Fordham in the game’s opening minutes on Saturday. It took a slew of empty possessions and four turnovers before Chris Gaston’s layup finally put Fordham on the scoreboard three and a half minutes into the game. Four minutes later, Ben Averkamp’s layup had Loyola ahead 15-3. The Rams eventually fell behind by as many as 13 points in the first half and trotted into the locker room trailing 34-25.
Tom Pecora threw things into a blender as the second half began when he implemented various forms of full court pressure through the duration of the game’s final 20 minutes. The tactical adjustment contributed to 8 Loyola turnovers after halftime. The Rams defense ignited a 7-0 run to begin the second half and Fordham trailed 34-32 just 3 minutes after the break. But Saturday afternoon belonged to the Loyola Rambles. Every time Fordham made a run Loyola responded by elongating the lead once more; consecutive three pointers from Joe Crisman and Chim Kadima put Loyola ahead 47-37 with 11:33 remaining in the game.
As the game wound toward its final quarter Fordham faced burdensome foul trouble. Kervin Bristol and Bryan Smith eventually fouled out and Devon McMillan played much of the second half with three fouls to his name.
But the primary theme on Saturday afternoon was simpler than all of that. Fordham shot 28% from the floor compared to Loyola’s 52% as the Ramblers ran away late with a 64-50 victory. 1,947 spectators watched Loyola christen the newly renovated Gentile Arena with their first win of the season.
Fordham is back at it on Tuesday when they host Colgate. The opening tip is at 7:00 and you can hear the One-on-One pregame report at 6:55 on both 90.7 FM and wfuv.org
Click below to listen to Coach Pecora's pregame interview as well as our postgame report.