Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and WFAN stopped by the Rose Hill Gym tonight after a trip to Arthur Avenue to watch the Fordham Men's Basketball team during a summer open gym session. The long time college basketball insider took a few minutes to chat about the state of Fordham basketball and the evolving landscape of the Atlantic 10.
As the academic year heads towards the home stretch, the Fordham athletic season also heads toward the finish line. As is the case every month, Fordham Athletic Director David Roach stopped by the WFUV studios to talk all things Fordham sports.
The Fordham Rams Men’s Basketball program has won just eight games in the Atlantic 10 over the past five seasons. Those struggles could finally be coming to an end as Christ the King High School sensation Jon Severe will be wearing a Fordham jersey next season. The 6’2 guard from Brooklyn is head coach Tom Pecora’s biggest recruiting splash since taking the job three years ago.
Flash back to last April.
It’s late in recruiting season, but the Rams manage to get a 6’ 1” Point Guard out of Blair Academy by the name of Jermaine Myers. He’ll add depth to the backcourt and compete with Fatty McMillan for minutes. The team enters the offseason on a higher note than years past; while Kervin Bristol is gone, Chris Gaston will surely have a monster senior campaign.
Fordham Men's Basketball Coach Tom Pecora joined Alex Smith and Matt Sinise from Albany, New York and the high school state tournament. The interview, which occured during the Fordham Focus segment, was the season wrap up for the Rams head coach.
On the morning of Saturday March 9th, in Olean, NY, Mack Rosenberg and I sat down with Fordham Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tom Pecora for the final time this season. Fordham’s final game with Saint Bonaventure was just hours away, so we took the chance to look back on this season, and look ahead to next year.
Heading into their regular season finale at St. Bonaventure, the Fordham Rams didn’t appear to have much to play for. They had no chance of making the A10 tournament, and they hadn’t won a road conference game in four calendar years. On the other side, the Bonnies had everything to play for. A win for the Bonnies put them into postseason play. It was also Senior Day at the Reilly Center. Despite the odds, the young Fordham team played hard for 40 minutes, and their senior leader Chris Gaston stepped up when it mattered most, leading the Rams to an improbable 76-72 win to finish out the year.
Fordham (6-24, 2-13 A10) finished out their 2013 home slate with a 19 point loss to Temple (22-8, 10-5 A10) Wednesday night, 74-55. Fordham led 12-6 with about 13 minutes to go in the first half, but scored only five points for the remainder of the half and found themselves down by 11 at the break. This put them in a hole they would never climb out of before a sparse Rose Hill Gym crowd.
Despite the fact that Richmond defeated Fordham on Saturday afternoon, a good crowd was on hand to watch Fordham senior Chris Gaston play one of his final games at Rose Hill. Part of that crowd were a few notable Fordham athletics alumni who came back to their old stomping ground.