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Fordham Basketball Tips Off With Dinner

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Fordham honors the 20th anniversary, NCAA tournament Rams at tip-off dinner.

While last weekend’s one-sided loss at the hands of the fifth-ranked Syracuse Orange kicked off the present chapter for the Fordham men’s basketball program, the team took time to honor past greats at the team’s annual Tip-Off Dinner. The 1991-92 version of the Rams, who behind head coach Nick Macarchuk captured their second consecutive Patriot League crown and made the Rams’ only NCAA tournament appearance in the last four decades, were on hand to honor the team’s 20th anniversary. Former players including Rutgers Head Coach Mike Rice, as well as Macarchuk and George Mason head man Paul Hewitt, for whom the 91-92 season marked his final year as a Fordham assistant, were all on hand at the Roosevelt Hotel to celebrate the occasion.

Kyle Kesses and I were able to catch up with several of those key cast members, including Athletic Director Frank McLaughlin who offered fond memories of that team while also looking forward to the young 2011-12 season. Current Head Coach Tom Pecora also offered his own insights on the program’s history and what it means for his team.

WFUV alumnus and Nets play-by-play voice Chris Carrino served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and also offered us his own memories of calling the 91-92 team’s games. University President Father Joseph McShane, SJ, offered his own thoughts during the night’s program, as did several other key figures past and present to the more than 200 donors gathered for the festivities. On a night that celebrated the past, those in attendance were ready for the future of Fordham basketball.