Tom Pecora joined me ahead of Fordham's regular season finale against George Washington on Saturday. We discussed the team's previous game, a 12-point loss to URIon Wednesday plus what the state of the team is heading into the Atlantic 10 tournament. We also discussed the recent crowds at the Rose Hill Gym and how coach believes fan support impacts the team's play.
Fordham began the game with the same defensive intensity that they showed in the second half of their close loss to LaSalle on Saturday. They went shot for shot with URI down the stretch of first half and went into halftime with a 2-point lead. But, URI went on a run around the ten minute mark of the second half that Fordham couldn't quite answer.
LaSalle's Tyrone Garland forced up a desprate shot from 12-feet out on the left baseline which was deflected in the air by Fordham Senior Branden Frazier. The buzzer sounded at the same time and it seemed like the Rams had come all the way back from 15 point defecit in the first half to send the game to overtime.
After leading the nation in turnover margin last season, Fordham defensive coordinator David Blackwell has moved on after two years on Rose Hill. Multiple sources say Fordham is expected to name Tim Cary and staff newcomer Jon Wholley co-defensive coordinators in the coming week.