FACTS & STATS: Site: Hagan Arena (4,200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Fordham 4-6, SJU 9-3. Away Record: Fordham 0-14, SJU 5-7. Neutral Record: Fordham 2-2, SJU 1-1. Conference Record: Fordham 2-11, SJU 6-7. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 29-16.
GAME NOTES: Still in search of their first road victory of the season, the Fordham Rams will try their luck at Hagan Arena as they take on the Saint Joseph's Hawks in an Atlantic 10 Conference tilt.
Fordham is in the midst of a season-long, eight-game losing streak, and that includes last Saturday's 72-55 home loss to Richmond. The Rams are winless in 14 tries on the road this season. They are down to their final two chances to change that, as they'll wrap up the regular season at St. Bonaventure next weekend after hosting Temple on Wednesday.
Saint Joseph's has split its last four outings but is coming off a rough, 70-53 setback at Saint Louis this past Wednesday. The Hawks have won their last four home games and are 9-3 at Hagan Arena this season. Next up, they'll host Rhode Island on Wednesday before finishing up their schedule at Charlotte next weekend.
Saint Joseph's notched a 66-62 win over Fordham on Jan. 30 in the Bronx. The Hawks have dominated the head-to-head series, winning 18 of the last 19 meetings.
The offensively-challenged Rams have cracked the 70-point plateau only once in their last 11 games. In last weekend's loss, they were simply unable to keep pace with a Richmond squad that made 10 3-pointers and scored 21 points off 14 Rams turnovers. Mandell Thomas paced Fordham with 17 points in the loss, while Jeffrey Short scored 12 off the bench. A 13-3 Spiders run midway through the first half turned a close game into an 11-point margin, and that proved to be all the cushion they needed. Leading scorers Branden Frazier and Chris Gaston combined for only 15 points for the Rams, who trailed by as many as 22 at one point. On the season, Frazier is scoring a team-best 14.3 points per game, while Gaston is averaging 14.0 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds. Turnovers have been a season-long issue for the Rams, who are -4.6 in turnover margin with nearly 16 per game (15.8).
Four players are averaging double figures for Saint Joseph's. Carl Jones (14.1 ppg) and Langston Galloway (13.7 ppg) lead the way, and that starting backcourt duo has accounted for 114 of the team's 183 3-pointers made this season. Down low, Ronald Roberts (11.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg), C.J. Aiken (10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Halil Kanacevic (8.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) headline the frontcourt. Like tonight's counterpart, the Hawks are looking to rebound from a dismal offensive performance as they were held to 53 points and 32.6-percent shooting from the floor against nationally-ranked Saint Louis. They also lost the rebounding battle, 41-29. Roberts scored a season-best 25 points behind an 8- of-10 effort from the floor. However, Galloway was the only other player in double figures for SJU as he finished with 11 points on 2-of-11 shooting.
The Rams have only pride to play for at this point, but that has obviously not proven to be much of a factor over the last eight games. Look for the Hawks to rebound with a much stronger offensive performance in front of their home crowd.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 76, Fordham 66
03/02 10:43:23 ET
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