Sunday, January 29, 2017

Davidson Gets Revenge on Fordham

Rams Upended by Team They Beat 2 Weeks Ago

SPORTS- It's tough to keep a good team down. The Fordham men's basketball squad found that out as, after defeating Davidson College in North Carolina 17 days ago, the Rams faced a much different Wildcat squad as the visitors connected on a season-high 17 three-pointers to knock off the Rams, 84-66, in an Atlantic 10 game in the Rose Hill Gym.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 9-12 overall, 3-5 in the Atlantic 10, while Davidson improves to 11-8 overall, 4-4 in the conference.

The Rams fell despite 21 points, four rebounds and three steals from sophomore guard Joseph Chartouny, who shot 8-for-16 from the field and 3-for-4 from behind the arc, while redshirt junior guard Antwoine Anderson (16), graduate student guard Javontae Hawkins (10 and seven rebounds) and sophomore forward Prokop Slanina (10) also finished in double figures.

The first time the two teams met the Fordham defense limited Davidson to shooting just 28.9 percent (13-45) from the field, including 19.0 percent (4-21) in the first half. The Rams held the Wildcats without a field goal made over the first 8:27 of the game and limited the Wildcats to season lows for points and field goals made. That was not the case today as Davidson shot 57.1 percent (12-21) over the first 20 minutes while holding the Rams to shooting just 32.0 percent (8-25) and connected on 17 of its 29 shots from behind the arc (58.6 percent).

Davidson used that hot shooting to jump out to a 20-8 lead over the first 7:17, led by seven points from Jack Gibbs. A Christian Sengfelder basket made it a ten-point game, 20-10, with 10:59 left in the half but the Wildcats then ran off nine unanswered points to take a 29-10 lead at the 7:46 mark.

The Wildcats built the first half lead to as many as 22 but a Hawkins three just before the buzzer made it a 17-point game at the break, 40-23.

Davidson bumped the lead to 21, 46-25, over the first two minutes of the second half, and led by 19, 49-30, at 16:20 when the Rams attempted a comeback, using a 13-6 spurt to shave the Davidson lead to eleven, 54-43, on a Chartouny layup with 11:49 remaining.

The Rams trailed by eleven twice again over the next two minutes, the final time at 58-47, following a pair of Slanina free throws with 9:59 left. But the Wildcats netted the next ten points to take a commanding 68-47 lead with 7:42 on the clock.

The Rams return to action on Tuesday night, January 31, as they host the University of Dayton Flyers for an Atlantic 10 game at 9:00 p.m.

Both coaching staffs wore sneakers today as part the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer awareness week. The Fordham coaches also wore special gold laces to honor Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old basketball fan who died of cancer.

The Rams made ten steals in the game and have now recorded a double digit steal total in 15 of the 21 games this year.

The 17 made three-pointers by Davidson are the most by a Fordham opponent this season.

Chartouny notched his second 20-point game of the year and matched his season-high with three three-pointers.

Chartouny's three steals brings his season total to 71, the fifth best single season total in school history (the school record is 78 set by Jason Harris in 1999-2000).