Rams Use Big Second Half to Defeat Loyola
For the second consecutive meeting between the Fordham Rams (7-4) and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers (5-7), Fordham fell behind early. This time, however, Fordham came back for an impressive 83-69 win without sophomore guard Mandell Thomas.
Fordham trailed at the half, but regained the lead at the quarter point of the second. Jon Severe's basket at the 13:51 mark in the second half would turn the game in Fordham's favor the rest of the way. The win tied the all-time series between the two Jesuit schools at 1-1, while the Rams won their 600th game (600-335) at the Rose Hill Gymnasium.
Missing starting guard Mandell Thomas, Fordham used a three guard lineup and got only six points from the bench. Freshman Jon Severe tallied 20 of his game high 23 in the second half, despite finishing 2 of 10 from beyond the arc. Severe also added a career high six assists, and remains the leading scorer in the Atlantic Ten (20.1 ppg). The Rams also continued to pour it on at the free throw line, where Branden Frazier hit all eleven free throws on the way to a 16 point performance (also totaling a season high 9 helpers) and Severe hit all six of his attempts at the line. Meanwhile, Bryan Smith put up 13 of his 17 points in the second half and added seven boards.
Loyola continued its trend of losing games where they can't reach the 70 point plateau. Devon Turk's torrid start (14 first half points, including 4/6 from three) played a big role in the Ramblers halftime advantage. Christian Thomas scored in double digits for the 28th consecutive game, but it wasn't enough to topple the Rams at home.
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Fordham returns to the court after a Christmas break, hosting Harvard on December 28th at 4:00pm. Hear the game live on 90.7FM and WFUVSports.org, with an extended pregame show and One on One beginning at 1:00pm.