In what was an action-packed thriller between two Atlantic 10 Conference teams, the Fordham Men’s Basketball team (9-5, 2-0) defeated Duquesne (6-8, 1-1) on Wednesday night.
It was the 45th meeting between the two and it had featured a bit of everything that a basketball fan loves, including some thunderous dunks and blocks by both teams. The Rams had four players in double-figure scoring as Darius Quisenberry and Antonio Daye, Jr both had 16, while Chuba Ohams followed with 14 and Antrell Charlton rounded out all scorers with his 14 points.
Ohams had one of the more impressive performances for the Rams as the Graduate student also had 16 rebounds, while also bringing a vocal leadership as well as putting on a stellar defensive performance with some of the more impressive blocks (8 total) that has been seen in a while.
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The victory is a sweet one for Fordham, as it is the first time the University has recorded a 2-0 record since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 1995-96 season.
Fordham showed what they were made of, as the team trailed by 13 at the half, with the score at 31-18. The Rams slowly chipped away at that lead to make the score 40-33.
The Dukes regained the lead making the game 44-33, before Fordham was able score 12 unanswered points to take their first lead of the half, 45-44 on a layup by Daye
As the game progressed the Rams were able to take their largest lead of the night 63-55 on a layup by Daye. Duquesne showed some great fight and heart by outscoring the Rams 14-5 over the next few minutes to take a 69-68 lead.
Ohams was able to connect on a beautiful hook shot, which gave the rams a 70-69 lead with 23 seconds left. Things started to get intense in Rose Hill Gym, as it had seemed as if the Dukes would walk away with the victory, but a Dayle jumper with four seconds left lifted Fordham to the thrilling victory.
With the victory tonight the Rams were able to snape a six-game winning streak for Duquesne against Fordham. The Rams have been playing well when they outrebound a team as they have a 7-3 mark.
Fordham will return to Atlantic 10 play on January 15, when they travel to St. Louis to take on the Saint Louis University Billikens in the Chaifetz Arena with the tip set for 2:30 p.m.
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