The Fordham University Rams continue their 2014-2015 Atlantic 10 season, the 112th season of varsity basketball at Rose Hill, by hosting the Duquesne University Dukes for their final home game of the season in the historic Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Fordham enters the game with a 9-18 overall record, 4-12 in the Atlantic 10, following an 82-74 conference loss at Massachusetts on Saturday. Duquesne enters the game with a 10-17 overall record, 5-11 in the A-10, after a 92-75 league loss at St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
Wednesday night’s contest will be the 33rd meeting between Fordham and Duquesne on the hardwood with the Dukes leading the all-time series, which started in the 1949-50 season, 19-13. Duquesne took last year’s meeting, 87-81, in Pittsburgh on January 8 as Ovie Soki scored 29 points while Jon Severe led all scorers in the game for the Rams with 35.
The game will be Senior Night as members of the Fordham basketball program make their final appearances in the Rose Hill Gym.
Erando Halilaj: Erando is a senior is a business administration major who joined the Rams as a walk-on this year and appeared in four games.
DC Gaitley: DC is a communications major who has seen his career cut short by injuries, appearing in six career games.
Nihad Musovic: Nihad is a four-year member of the team, appearing in ten career games, providing the squad with depth and energy from the bench.
Bryan Smith: Bryan is a communications major who has appeared in over 110 games for the Rams and is serving as a team captain this season. He has accumulated over 850 career points and has more than 380 career rebounds and 150 career three-pointers and has been a big reason to the team’s recent success
* Freshman forward Christian Sengfelder was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week last week, the fifth A-10 Rookie of the Week award for Sengfelder. He shot 68.4 percent from the field (13-of-19), averaging 15.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg along with recording two blocks.
* 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 fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with a 16.5 ppg average while also pulling down 5.6 rpg, while Sengfelder is averaging 11.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg.
* Through games of March 2, the Fordham Rams have the Atlantic 10’s fourth leading scorer, and top freshman scorer, in freshman guard Eric Paschall (16.5 ppg) while Mandell Thomas leads the conference in steals (2.3/game). The Rams also have the fourth leading rebounder in junior forward Ryan Rhoomes (8.7 rpg) while Rhoomes is also seventh in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.3/game, and Paschall is fourth in free throw shooting (80,0%) and Thomas is sixth in assists with a 3.7 apg average.
* Over the past nine games, the Fordham offense has heated up, scoring over 70 points in six of the contests and averaging 71.8 ppg over that stretch.
* Part of the Ram’s recent success in scoring is due to the improvement in free throw shooting. Fordham is shooting 72.3 percent (362-501) from the charity stripe in 2014-2015, second best in the Atlantic 10. Over the past 12 games, the Rams are shooting almost 80.0 percent (167-209/79.9%) from the line.
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