Men’s Basketball Still Looking for First Conference win This Season


Men’s Basketball continues its struggles in the Atlantic 10 as they’ve lost their first eight conference games. (Mackenzie Cranna/The Fordham Ram)

By Andrew Posadas

Fordham Men’s Basketball continues to have bad luck in the nation’s capital. Heading into last Wednesday’s game at George Washington University, the Rams had lost eight straight games to the Colonials. Fordham came in 0-14 all-time against GW on the road.

The Rams got off to an 11-6 lead five minutes into play behind two three-pointers from freshman guard Nick Honor. Fordham built a five-point lead at the nine-minute mark, when junior forward Jesse Bunting’s dunk put the Rams up 25-20. However, the last nine minutes of the first half belonged to George Washington.

The Colonials went on a 19-7 run to end the half. Redshirt guard D.J. Williams did the most damage, leading all scorers in the first half with 15 points. Fordham saw its 5-point lead transform into a 7-point deficit at halftime, 39-32.

Fordham’s offensive struggles continued on offense into the second half. The Rams shot under 40 percent from the field in the second half, hindering their attempts at a possible comeback. The Colonials kept their foot on the pedal, earning 40 points in the second half alone. Williams matched his 15 first points in the first half with 15 more in the second.

George Washington did not relinquish its lead and cruised to its ninth straight win over Fordham, 79-61. For the Rams, Jesse Bunting scored a career-high 19 points while adding five rebounds. Nick Honor finished with 15 points while junior guard Antwon Portley added 12 points of his own.

Aside from their ninth straight loss to GW, the Rams have now lost nine straight games this season and their first eight in the Atlantic 10. However, their overall record now stands at 9-12, but an 0-8 conference record leaves Fordham in the cellar by itself. However, there may be hope, starting this evening when the Rams travel to the University of Massachusetts.

UMass is currently the second worst team in the Atlantic 10 ahead of Fordham. Its only conference win came against the University of Rhode Island on Jan. 27. The Minutemen are coming off two straight road losses. While it may seem that a home game is just what UMass needs, they are only 6-6 at home this season, which bodes well for the Rams.

Head coach Jeff Neubauer has stayed consistent in his message to the team during this losing streak, saying, “We need to continue staying competitive and playing hard.”

Neubauer feels optimistic that his team is not going to give up on its season, despite the losing streak. Neubauer believes the young team can learn from these losses and use them as a growing experience moving forward.

The reality is, tonight’s matchup against the Minutemen may be the Rams’ best shot at getting a conference win. They will almost certainly be underdogs in their remaining nine games after the UMass game tonight. Is there a possibility that Fordham goes winless in conference should they lose to UMass? That is yet to be determined.

Certainly, the lack of experience and influx of freshmen have caught up to Fordham in conference play. A win would go a long way.

Fordham is back in action this evening at the University of Massachusetts. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.