Men’s Basketball Routed by Davidson University over the Weekend

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Men’s Basketball Routed by Davidson University over the Weekend

The season can’t end soon enough for Fordham Men’s Basketball after its fourth straight loss in a row. (Courtesy of Mackenzie Cranna/The Fordham Ram)

The season can’t end soon enough for Fordham Men’s Basketball after its fourth straight loss in a row. (Courtesy of Mackenzie Cranna/The Fordham Ram)

The season can’t end soon enough for Fordham Men’s Basketball after its fourth straight loss in a row. (Courtesy of Mackenzie Cranna/The Fordham Ram)

The season can’t end soon enough for Fordham Men’s Basketball after its fourth straight loss in a row. (Courtesy of Mackenzie Cranna/The Fordham Ram)


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By Andrew Posadas

Offensive struggles plagued Fordham Men’s Basketball in its road loss Saturday afternoon to Davidson College, 77-52.

At this point, the season can’t end soon enough for a Rams team still looking to build an identity. Fordham came stumbling into Saturday’s matchup on a three-game losing skid, headlined by a demoralizing home loss against Saint Joseph’s University at home, during which Fordham blew a 16-point lead in a second-half collapse.

The Rams were heavy underdogs for a possible upset road win against one of the better conference teams. Early on, Davidson quickly flexed their muscles in front of their home crowd. The Wildcats jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, including nine quick points from forward Luka Brajkovic.

Freshman guard Nick Honor scored seven of Fordham’s first nine points. Unfortunately, the rest of the Rams could not find the rim as frequently as he did. Davidson’s lead would balloon to 16 after a fastbreak dunk by guard Kellen Grady put the Wildcats up 25-9 at the six-minute mark. A timeout by head coach Jeff Neubauer after Grady’s dunk gave the feeling this game was already out of reach.

Although it took Fordham nearly 14 minutes to break double-digits on the scoreboard, the Rams offense finally showed signs of life. Fluid offensive sets led to open layups and three-point shots. Junior forward Chuba Ohams’ layup with over a minute remaining capped off a 13-4 run following the timeout. Both teams exchanged baskets in the final minute, yet Davidson held a 10-point lead at halftime, 34-24.

Fordham’s stretch of good offense looked as if it may carry over into the second half. Unfortunately, Davidson would have no such optimism. Fordham would be hit with a haymaker in the form of a 15-2 Wildcats run in the first five minutes. In the blink of an eye, Fordham’s offense had vanished and was down by 23 points.

The rest of the game was a formality for those in the John M. Belk Arena. Davidson went on to outscore Fordham 43-28 in the second half. Kellen Grady, the Wildcats’ star player, led all scorers with 25 points. Ironically, Davidson would ultimately end up winning by a margin of 25 points.

As for the Rams, Honor finished with a team-high 17 points. It is the 26th time Honor has scored in double digits this season. Ohams came one rebound shy of a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds and scoring 12 points. The loss drops Fordham to 11-18 overall and 2-14 in the Atlantic 10 conference.

In its current four-game losing streak, Fordham is shooting a lowly 35 percent from the floor as a team. While Honor has been the bright spot on offense, one man cannot change a program overnight. Players like junior guard Antwon Portley and freshman guard Jalen Cobb must step up to become focal points in the offense moving forward.

It isn’t solely on the players, either.

Coach Neubauer will need to adjust his offense to involve others besides Honor. Far too many possessions this season have seen Honor in a basic pick and roll that turns into a last-second point guard isolation play. What worked on offense against lesser non-conference opponents hasn’t translated against superior talent in the Atlantic 10.

Men’s Basketball will be back in action tonight at 7 p.m. in the historic Rose Hill Gymnasium against George Washington University.