Fordham's comeback falls short.
Despite an impressive second half comeback effort from the Rams that saw them narrow a 17 point halftime deficit to just one midway through the second stanza, Fordham dropped their 11th road game of the season on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, falling 77-67 at the hands of the Duquesne Dukes.
Chris Gaston led the way once again for Fordham. The 6’7” junior forward from Union City, New Jersey registered his 15th double-double of the season, netting a team-high 23 points and pulling down 11 boards. Alberto Estwick contributed 11 points in the losing effort, while Branden Frazier and Bryan Smith each added ten. All of Frazier and Estwick’s points came in the second half.
Trailing by 17 at the intermission while allowing Duquesne to shoot over 50 percent from beyond the arc, it appeared as if the Rams had all but secured their fourth straight defeat. But Fordham made it a game in the second half. Outscoring the Dukes 27-11 over the first eight and a half minutes of the period, Fordham narrowed the gap to one, 57-56 with 11:24 remaining. The Rams never took the lead; however, as foul trouble from Bryan Smith and Kervin Bristol took its toll.
B.J. Monteiro stole the show for Duquesne on Wednesday night. The 6’5” senior poured in a career-high 30 points on 9-13 shooting, including 3-4 from downtown. Monteiro also corralled a team-high eight boards. In addition to Monteiro, T.J. McConnell demonstrated why the Fordham coaching staff called him the best player in the league prior to the game. The sophomore guard and Pittsburgh area native scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a team-high six assists. These numbers, however, fail to do McConnell justice in describing his importance to the Duquesne offense.
The Rams will look to keep their A 10 conference tournament hopes alive Saturday when they travel to St. Louis University to take on one of the league’s best teams. The game is set to tip at 4:00, and we’ll be on with the One on One Pregame Report at 3:55 on 90.7 FM and WFUV.org.
You can listen to the postgame report with Ricky Cibrano, David Duke, and I below. You can also listen to my halftime interview with Chris Harlan of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.