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Fordham MBB Hosts Saint Joseph’s on Sunday

Fordham men's Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Fordham men’s Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Fordham University Rams continue their 2014-2015 Atlantic 10 season, the 112th season of varsity basketball at Rose Hill, by hosting the Saint Joseph’s University Hawks in the historic Rose Hill Gym on Sunday, February 15, at 2:30 p.m.

Fordham enters the game with a 6-16 overall record, 1-10 in the Atlantic 10, following a 73-71 conference loss at Richmond on Wednesday. Saint Joseph’s enters the game with an 11-12 overall record, 5-6 in the A-10, after a 65-64 league win over Rhode Island in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Fordham enters the game with a 6-16 overall record, 1-10 in the Atlantic 10, following a 73-71 conference loss at Richmond on Wednesday. Saint Joseph’s enters the game with an 11-12 overall record, 5-6 in the A-10, after a 65-64 league win over Rhode Island in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Sunday afternoon’s contest will be the 49th meeting between Fordham and Saint Joseph’s on the hardwood with the Hawks leading the all-time series, which started in the 1919-20 season, 32-16. Saint Joseph’s has won the past ten meetings, including a 66-55 win on January 14 in Hagen Arena as Chris Wilson netted 23 points for the Hawks while Eric Paschall had 16 for the Rams.

The game will be part of Fordham Men’s Basketball Alumni Day as the Rams welcome back the 1974-1975 team as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1974 ECAC Holiday Festival title. The Rams defeated Manhattan, Saint Joseph’s and fifth-ranked Southern California to take home the title. Members of the team along with head coach Hal Wissel will be honored at halftime, along with legendary sports announcer Bob Wolff, who broadcast the games.

Notes
* 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 17.7 ppg average while also pulling down 5.4 rpg, while Sengfelder is averaging 11.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg. The only other freshman combo that was averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg earlier this year were Purdue’s Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards but Haas is now averaging 8.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg while Edwards is averaging 9.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg.

* The 2014-2015 Fordham men’s basketball squad is becoming adept at taking away the ball. Through games of February 12, the Rams are fourth in the Atlantic 10, averaging 6.9 steals/game, including a season-high eleven in the South Carolina State game on Dec. 31. Junior Mandell Thomas leads the Rams with 49 steals, ranking second in the conference (2.2/game).

* Through games of February 12, the Fordham Rams have the Atlantic 10’s second leading scorer, and top freshman scorer, in freshman guard Eric Paschall (17.7 ppg) while Mandell Thomas is second in the conference in steals (2.2/game). The Rams also have the fifth leading rebounder in junior forward Ryan Rhoomes (9.0 rpg) while Rhoomes is also seventh in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.4/game, and Thomas is seventh in assists with a 3.3 apg average.

* The Fordham offense has been heating up over the past four games, averaging 75.8 ppg, due to the following players who have also started to get hot:

Eric Paschall: 20.2 ppg over the past five

Chris Sengfelder: 13.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg over the past four

Ryan Rhoomes: 10.4 rpg over the past five

Jon Severe: 13.0 ppg over the past six

For more information on the Fordham Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.fordhamsports.com

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