The Fordham University Rams continue their 2014-2015 Atlantic 10 season, the 112th season of varsity basketball at Rose Hill, by hosting the University of Massachusetts Minutemen in the historic Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised on SportsNet NY (SNY) with Ed Cohen (p-b-p), Vin Parise (color) and Alexa Datt (sidelines) reporting and also broadcast on WFUV and www.wfuvsports.org.
Fordham enters the game with a 5-14 overall record, 0-8 in the Atlantic 10, following a 101-77 conference loss at Dayton on Sunday
. Massachusetts enters the game with a 12-9 overall record, 5-3 in the A-10, after a 60-56 league win at Saint Louis on Saturday.
* The game will be the 40th meeting between Fordham and Massachusetts
– The Minutemen lead the all-time series, which started in the 1967-68 season, 27-12
– The Minutemen won last year’s meeting, 90-52, on January 26 in the Mullins Center as Chaz Williams netted 18 points and added eight assists
RAM FRESHMEN AMONG NATION’S ELITE:
Fordham freshmen Eric Paschall and Chris Sengfelder are the only set of freshman teammates to be averaging more than 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Paschall is second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with a 17.1 ppg average while also pulling down 5.5 rpg, while Sengfelder is averaging 10.4 ppg and 6.5 rpg. The only other freshman combo that was averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg were Purdue’s Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards but Haas is now averaging 9.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg while Edwards is averaging 9.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
RAMS AMONG ATLANTIC 10 LEADERS:
Through games of February 1, the Fordham Rams have the Atlantic 10’s second leading scorer, and top freshman scorer, in freshman guard Eric Paschall (17.1 ppg) while Mandell Thomas is second in the conference in steals (2.3/game). The Rams also have the fourth leading rebounder in junior forward Ryan Rhoomes (8.8 rpg) while Antwoine Anderson is ninth in assists/game (3.3) and Rhoomes is seventh in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.4/game.
RAMS OF STEAL:
The 2014-2015 Fordham men’s basketball squad is be- coming adept at taking away the ball. Through games of February 1, the Rams are third in the Atlantic 10, averaging 7.1 steals/game, including a season-high eleven in the South Carolina State game on Dec. 31. Junior Mandell Thomas leads the Rams with 43 steals, ranking second in the conference (2.3/game).
SHARING THE ROCK:
Over the past ten games, the Fordham Rams have recorded 120 assists, dishing out a season-high 22 in the win over Howard and 20 more in the victory over South Carolina State. The Rams now have three 20-assists games this year (Fordham had 22 in the opener with NYIT).
SEVERE HEATING UP:
Sophomore guard Jon Severe returned to the team after taking a leave of absence to address personal issues on November 29 and has started to heat up. Severe netted a then season-high 12 points against George Washington on January 22 and he added four rebounds. He then he bettered that mark with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc, in the Rhode Island game and matched it with 17 points at Dayton.
Over the past three games, Severe is averaging 15.3 ppg while shooting 58.8 percent (20-34) from the field and 50.0 percent from behind the arc (5-10).
Fordham will continue Atlantic 10 Conference play on Saturday February 7 when they host the Saint Louis Billikens with tip-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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