Recap: Fordham vs. Rhode Island
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Branden Frazier scored 27 points and dished out seven assists as the Fordham Rams outlasted the Rhode Island Rams, 85-79, in Atlantic 10 play at Rose Hill Gymnasium.
Mandell Thomas netted 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Fordham (9-12, 2-6 A-10). Jon Severe came off the bench to score 16 points, and Bryan Smith chipped in 10 in the win. The victory snaps a two-game Fordham losing streak.
E.C. Matthews scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds and distributed four assists for Rhode Island (11-11, 2-5). Xavier Munford netted 16, Gilvydas Biruta added 14, Jarelle Reischel chipped in 13, and Hassan Martin contributed 10 in the loss. Rhode Island has lost two of its last three games.
Fordham and Rhode island battle a pretty even match in the first half, as Fordham connected on 46.7 percent of its field goal tries to Rhode Island's 42.4 percent. Fordham took a slim 37-36 lead into the midway break.
Rhode Island connected on 60.9 percent of its shot attempts in the second frame, but couldn't outscore Fordham in the period. The home squad hit 45.5 percent of its shots to edge out the visiting Rams, 48-43, in the second half.
Fordham had the edge in second chance points, 21-9, and in bench points, 22-13. Rhode Island outscored Fordham in points in the paint, 42-38.Game Notes