George Mason (7-11) at Fordham (7-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 22, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Hill Gym (3,200) -- Bronx, New York. Television: None. Home Record: GMU 5-3, Fordham 5-4. Away Record: GMU 1-5, Fordham 2-6. Neutral Record: GMU 1-3, Fordham 0-0. Conference Record: GMU 0-4, Fordham 0-4. Series Record: Fordham leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Two teams at the bottom of the Atlantic 10 Conference standings will meet on Wednesday night, as the George Mason Patriots pay a visit to the Fordham Rams.
The Patriots, who are in their first year in the A-10, have received the cold shoulder by their new league foes, the team having suffered four straight losses. They were only doing marginally better in non-conference play and are currently 7-11 overall, including a 1-5 mark on the road. George Mason returns home to face George Washington next.
The Rams are also winless in their four conference bouts, while having tasted defeat in six straight games overall. They are now sporting a record of 7-10, with a 5-4 success rate as hosts. Fordham faces tough road tests against 13th- ranked UMass and Virginia Commonwealth next.
Fordham was victorious in the only previous meeting between these two programs, capturing a 64-55 win during the 2000-01 season.
Two free throws from Rhode Island's Gilvydas Biruta in the final second set down George Mason in overtime, 71-69. The Patriots turned the ball over 15 times in the contest, although they did shoot 47.1 percent from the floor. Sherrod Wright netted 12 points to pace GMU in defeat.
A lack of potency on offense has been George Mason's weakness this season. The Patriots are next-to-last in the A-10 in scoring (67.9 ppg), while netting just 43.2 percent of their field goal attempts. They are also last in the league in assists (9.8 apg). Bryon Allen (14.6 ppg, 3.6 apg) and Wright (13.9 ppg) are the only two players averaging in double figures. Allen connected on just 3-of-8 shots from the floor and finished with 10 points against Rhode Island. Patrick Holloway (9.1 ppg) is a solid scorer off the bench and is coming off an 11-point effort against the Rams, despite a 3-of-10 shooting performance.
Fordham clashed with Saint Louis in its most recent bout and was routed by the Billikens in a 70-48 final. The Rams only shot at a 29 percent clip in the contest, while being outscored 26-14 in the paint. Jon Severe poured in 22 points, but on just 9-of-25 shooting.
Severe (20.9 ppg) is the most potent offensive threat in the A-10, as he leads the league in scoring. However, he is connecting on just 35.9 percent of his attempts from the floor. Branden Frazier (17.9 ppg, 4.4 apg) and Mandell Thomas (12.4 ppg) are the only other double-digit scorers on the roster, although each of them is shooting below 40 percent from the field as well. Frazier makes up for his inefficiency a bit by ranking fifth in the conference in assists. Ryan Rhoomes (8.1 ppg, 8 rpg) is fifth in the league in rebounds and provides a steady force in the paint.
The Rams don't shoot the ball all that well, but they do score at a more accelerated rate than do the Patriots.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fordham 76, George Mason 71
01/22 10:40:34 ET