Fordham Drops to 2-11 in Conference Play
With their Atlantic 10 tournament hopes hanging in the balance, the Fordham Rams were in desperate need of a victory Wednesday night at home against St. Bonaventure, a team that had defeated the men of Rose Hill by 44 earlier in the season. And while the margin of defeat did not match the severity of the contest back in January, Fordham decisively dropped another contest against the Bonnies 89-63 in the Rose Hill Gym.
Senior Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure readily proved why many are calling him the most pro-ready player in the A 10. With at least five NBA scouts in attendance to see Nicholson, the Ontario native dropped a game-high 30 points on 10-14 shooting, including 2-3 from beyond the arc. The 6’9”, 240 pound forward also converted on 8-9 chances from the charity stripe and pulled down a team high nine boards.
“Obviously Nicholson is a pro who manhandled anyone we put on him,” said Fordham head coach Tom Pecora. “I don’t know if you could have a more efficient line than he had tonight.”
Three other Bonnies reached double figures in scoring, as Da’Quan Cook netted 16, Demetrius Conger registered 13 and Matthew Wright added ten points. As a team, St. Bonaventure shot 63% from the field, 64% from deep and 75% from the free thrown line.
The Rams continued to struggle on the offensive end of the floor, shooting 40% from the floor and hitting just three of their 19 attempts from downtown. Branden Frazier and Bryan Smith, who have been two of Fordham’s best scorers over the course of the season, went a combined 3-24 from the field and 1-15 from three-point territory. Smith went 0-10 from the field, including 0-7 from deep.
Chris Gaston led the way for Fordham, finishing the game with 18 points after scoring just two in the first half. Devon “Fatty” McMillan was the only other Ram to reach double figures on the night, notching 11 points on 5-6 shooting.
With just three games remaining on the A 10 schedule for Fordham, the Rams will require a little bit of late season magic to reach their first conference tournament since the 2007-2008 season. Sitting at 2-11 in conference play, the Rams are two games behind George Washington, who lost to Charlotte last night, for the 12th and final spot in the A 10 tournament. Should GW drop all three of its remaining contests Duquesne, La Salle and Dayton, Fordham will require two victories in its final three affairs to secure the 12 seed, as the Rams hold the tie-breaker after defeating GW 63-58 in the Rose Hill Gym on January 28.
The Rams return to action this Saturday, as they host La Salle at 1:00 PM in the Rose Hill Gym. We’ll be on with the One-on-One Pregame Report at 12:55 on 90.7 FM and WFUV.org.
Listen to the postgame report with Ricky Cibrano and I below. You can also listen to my halftime interview with former Fordham QB and now Arizona Cardinals QB John Skelton.