Fordham Loses Dogfight to Butler, 68-63
The atmosphere at the Rose Hill Gym Saturday evening was the way it should be every game, and Fordham gave the sell-out crowd many reasons to cheer. But they couldn't finish off the upset of #11 Butler at home, losing 68-63. Fordham has now lost six straight contests, and this once certainly bites.
Fordham found themselves down early, but stormed back with a 9-0 run that included some big shots from Chris Gaston and Ryan Rhoomes. Gaston, in his first game back after missing seven straight games, scored 21 points. Butler led by four at the break, but the Rams started the second half on a 9-0 run, and found themselves up 35-30. Then, a couple of big time fouls went in Butler's favor, and the Bulldogs took momentum. First, Ryan Rhoomes was called for an intentional foul on a breakaway to the basket. Then head coach Tom Pecora was called for a technical foul for yelling at the officials.
All the energy seemed to be with Butler, as they led by as much as 10 in the second half. The Rams, however, weren't out of it. Mandell Thomas, who didn't score a point in the first half, provided two clutch three point shots to cut the Butler lead to three with a half a minute remaining. Seconds later, Luka Zivkovic would miss one final shot, and Fordham finds themselves in the losing column of this one.
The Rams are now 2-9 in conference play, and will continue their season in our nation's capital this coming Wednesday against George Washington. Game time is 7 PM and the One on One pre game report will be live at 6:55 on both 90.7 FM and WFUVSports.org.