Manhattan blows out Fordham in the Battle of the Bronx
The word “battle” connotes a brawl, a back-and-forth affair between two evenly matched teams in a struggle for supremacy. By this definition, the Battle of the Bronx failed to live up to its namesake as the Manhattan Jaspers trounced Fordham 81-47 in Draddy Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
George Beamon of Manhattan led all scorers with 15 points on 5-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. Beamon was one of five Jaspers to reach double figures in scoring.
The Rams could never seem to get anything going throughout the night, plagued by too many turnovers and not enough converted field goal attempts. Fordham committed 20 turnovers on the evening, including ten off the hands of freshman point guard Fatty McMillan. In addition, Fordham shot just 34% (17-50) from the field and converted on only three of its 17 attempts from downtown.
Leading by only eleven at the intermission, the Jaspers completely dominated the second stanza, outscoring the Rams 45-22 in the half while shooting over 60 percent from the floor.
Despite his ball-handling woes, McMillan led all Fordham scorers with 12.