Monday, March 10, 2014

Fordham Rams End Regular Season

Fordham Rams End Regular Season with Eighth Straight Loss
(Photo by Gary Quintal)

By Howard Goldin

BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 10- The Fordham Rams (9-20, 2-4) ended the regular season at home on Saturday afternoon. The contest was exciting, hard-fought and extremely competitive and played before a capacity crowd. The Rams were edged by the George Washington Colonials (23-7, 11-5), 70-67. 

The game had everything the Fordham fans could have wanted to witness except a positive result. The lead alternated 14 times and the score was knotted on 15 occasions. In the first half, neither team could amass a scoring run larger than six unanswered points as the Rams did mid-way through the first half when they changed a 14-15 deficit to a 20-15 advantage. That five-point lead was the highest either team could compile during the contest.

After not trailing for more than 10 minutes in the second half, the Rams hit a wall. The visitors scored nine unanswered points in the waning minutes of the contest to turn a 56-51 deficit with 5:10 remaining to play into a 65-61 lead that would not be overturned.

Branden Frazier, a Fordham senior, had an exciting and quite successful final performance. He scored 28 grabbed 8 boards and threw 4 assists. He said he hoped it would help fans, “to remember what I did.”

Traditionally, prior to the final home game of the season, the seniors on the team are honored. Two of the three, Leo Walsh and Khalid Robinson, joined the team as walk-ons. Although they have obtained little playing time, their courage to enlist without scholarships cannot be questioned. 

Walsh, a communications major from Pennsylvania, did not join the squad until the middle of his junior season. He appeared in four games last year and five this season.

Robinson is a New York City native, who attended Fordham Prep prior to his college years. He suited up for the first of his 39 games on the team as a sophomore. 

Brandon Frazier, the third senior honored, has been a starter in each of his years at Fordham. The native of Brooklyn graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School, where he excelled on the court. Prior to his first game as a Ram, Frazier had already played at the Rose Hill Gym and at Madison Square Garden. 

Frazier has been one of the most prolific scorers in Fordham history, compiling 1,598 points, ninth in career scoring totals at the school. The unselfish player has also helped others on the team compile points as he has dished 487 assists, second in the Fordham career rankings. 

After his final game at home, the Communications major discussed the importance of his time at Fordham, “It was the best decision I made. Fordham has made me a man. Basketball isn’t everything. I’m leaving Fordham but Fordham is never leaving me.” 

Tom Pecora, Fordham’s head coach, remarked on his star senior, “He’s grown into a great Fordham man. He set the foundation for us. When we’re winning next year, I’m going to mention Branden a lot.” 

This year, every team in the Atlantic-10 Conference will participate in next week’s conference tournament. The last place Rams will face George Mason in the first game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Barclays. The winner will advance to play the #5 seed at 2:30 pm on Thursday. The losing team’s season will conclude on Wednesday.

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