The Barclays Center has been the hosts for many of the hottest sporting events in New York. On December 22 it will be no different as New York College Men’s Basketball Rivals Fordham University takes on Manhattan College as a part of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Festival presented by Konica Minolta.
Monday night’s contest will be the 107th meeting between Fordham and Manhattan on the hardwood but it will be just the second time the two schools will play outside the Bronx (the 2001 game was played at Madison Square Garden). The Jaspers lead the all-time series, which started in 1911-12, 55-51. The 106 games played against Manhattan are the most games played against any one opponent for Fordham while the 51 wins over the Jaspers are the most victories over any team for Fordham. The Rams won last year’s meeting, 79-75, in the Draddy Gym as Branden Frazier scored 21 points and Mandell Thomas added 17 and ten rebounds.
Notes for the Fordham University Fans:
Fordham enters the game lost their last game a 74-53 loss to St. John’s University at Madison Square Garden.
Freshman Eric Paschall and Chris Sengfelder are just one of two sets of freshman teammates to be averaging more than 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Paschall leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with an 18. 1ppg average while also pulling down 5.9 rpg, while Sengfelder is averaging 10.8 ppg and 6.0 rpg. The only other freshman combo to be averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg are Purdue’s Isaac Hass (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Vince Edwards (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg).
Monday night’s game will be Fordham’s fourth game at the Barclays Center where the Rams have a 2-1 record to date. Fordham defeated Princeton, 63-60, at the Barclays Center in 2012 and the defeated Georg Mason, 70-67, in the first round of the 2014 Atlantic before falling to Dayton, 87-74, in the second round.
Notes for the Manhattan College Fans:
The Manhattan Men’s Basketball team won their last game a thrilling 73-69 win over Morgan State at Draddy Gymnasium.
Junior Shane Richards became the schools all-time all-time three-point leader (167) against Morgan State. Richards had a 4-of-6 shooting from long range, surpassing Devon Austin’s previous mark of 166.
Emmy Andujar continued his solid play by contributing 16 points, Six Assist and One Steal in the victory over Morgan State.
This marks the third straight season in which the Jaspers will be participating in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational. Manhattan took on South Carolina in the inaugural event in 2012 and faced Buffalo last December.
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