Photo courtesy of Robert Cole.
By David Cordova
As the non-conference season ends, most teams are getting ready for their conference play from around the country. Some teams have great win-loss records and others are just struggling, trying to get acclimated to what is in front of them at the moment. Coming into this game, Fordham had a 5-7 record, with a six-game losing streak, featuring defeats against programs such as St. John’s, Manhattan and Rutgers. On this night, they would go up against the likes of Central Connecticut State, a program with a 2-8 record. This was a game in which the Rams would unleash plenty of firepower.
Fordham 83, Central Connecticut State 60
The beginning of the game started out in favor of the home team as they ran off with an early 10-4 lead with more than 16:47 to go in the first half.
But Central Connecticut stayed close in the first few minutes, as evidenced by them trailing, 13-9, with 13:39 to go, after a basket by senior forward Tafari Whittingham. Moments later, sophomore guard Austin Nehls hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 21-17, with 9:37 to go.
Fordham then stepped up their play, with baskets by sophomore guard & reigning A-10 Rookie of the Year, Joseph Chartouny, which brought the Rams lead to eleven, 30-19, with 7:02 to go.
Then moments later, the Rams were up 41-21 with 2:25 left in the half & would go into the intermission with a 23-point lead over the Blue Devils, 46-23.
In the second half, the Rams continued to maintain that double-digit lead. Although the Blue Devils tried to threaten the lead a couple of times, Fordham could not be stopped as they cruised to a lopsided victory.
Graduate student & guard Javontae Hawkins led Fordham with 16 points and junior guard Antwoine Anderson added 15 points & seven assists. Nehls led with 26 points and senior forward Tidell Pierre added 10 points in the loss.