Fordham Rams fall to St. Joseph’s Hawks

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- The Fordham Rams (6-17; 0-11) were defeated by the St. Joseph’s Hawks (7-17; 2-8) by a score of 76-70 at the Izod Center Sunday night. St. Joe’s delivered Fordhams 37th consecutive Atlantic 10 conference loss.

Fordham jumped out to an early lead hitting shots, making stops and taking care of the ball. The Rams were up by the biggest margin of the night, 16 points with 3:10 left in the first half.
At the end of the first half, Fordham led 43-31. Fordham was on fire, shooting 51.7% from the field and an even more impressive 53.8% from beyond the ark. Fordham who had averaged a .7 assist to turnover rate going into Sundays game, had a rate of 2 in the first half, with 8 assists and just 4 turnovers.

The second half was a completely different story though. Fordham’s shooting cooled, St. Joe’s started to score unanswered points, and caused many Fordham turnovers.

The Ram’s turnover rate went beyond the poor .7 that they average with 7 turnovers and just 9 assists in the second half.

Appossed to the Ram’s 51.7% from the field in the first half, they shot just 31% in the second half. St. Joe’s though was quite the opposite, improving their field goal percentage from 35.5% in the first half to 60% in the second half.

After the game, Fordham head coach Tom Pecora spoke about the key to winning A-10 basketball games. “It all comes down to shooting percentage, in the first half we had it, and in the second half we did not,” Pecora said.

Branden Frazier and Brenton Butler each had 17 for the Ram’s. Langston Galloway led the Hawks with 25 points 7-13 from the field and 7-9 on the charity stripe.

Key to the Hawks victory was not just Galloway’s performance, but St. Joe’s 25 bench points compared to Fordham’s 2.

Fordham drew a crowd of 1,573 in its third of four games at the Izod Center this season. The fourth A-10 matchup at the Izod Center is Saturday, February 26th at 2pm vs 5th place Rhode Island (16-9;7-4).

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