This day in Fordham Basketball History

When you think of December 8th,  you think of the Immaculate Conception, right? Yes, if you are like me and have gone to Catholic school my entire life. But it was actually the day in which Fordham defeated ACC opponent Virginia 62-60 on a Nick Vita lay-up with seconds remaining. Here is the full review:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Nicholas Vita banked in a jumper with 3 seconds to play Wednesday night, breaking a 60-all tie and lifting Fordham past Virginia 62-60.

 The basket was just one of two in the game for the 6-foot-3 walk-on, and when the Cavaliers J.R. Reynolds‘ shot before the buzzer missed, the Rams (2-6) prevailed.

 Virginia (3-3) played without point guard and co-captain Sean Singletary, who watched in street clothes while nursing a hip injury. Forward Donte Minter also sat it out for the Cavaliers while recovering from off-season knee surgery, leaving first-year coach Dave Leitao with only seven recruited scholarship players available.

 The Cavaliers led 56-49 with about six minutes to go, but Fordham scored seven straight to get even and the game was back-and-forth the rest of the way.

 Reynolds, an 82 percent free-throw shooter last season, twice missed the second of two free throws in the final 1:17, allowing the Rams to stay in it.

 Bryant Dunston and Jermaine Anderson scored 21 points each for the Rams. Anderson had 19 of his points in the second half, and Dunston had 15 after intermission.

 The Cavaliers got 16 points and 15 rebounds from Jason Cain, who established career highs in both for the second consecutive game. Tunji Soroye added 12 points and Adrian Joseph 11 for Virginia, which didn’t hit a field goal for the final 2:22.

CLICK HERE to view some quotes from both coaches during the post game interview.

I am not gonna lie, this is one of the most impressive wins in Fordham history. I don’t care if Virginia’s Singletary was not in the game, you still have to win and that is what Fordham did against a big ACC opponent. I really think that some of the Fordham teams were made around role players. In the earlier years, it was Mushon Ya’akosi who was big in the early years with defense and rebounding. In the coming years it was Tom Tubrity and that next year was Nick Vita. He played probably the best defense I have ever seen anyone at Fordham play. He played with heart, dedication, and loved his school. His shot was unconventional, his game was not A-10 quality, but his heart and his overall character allowed him to succeed on this Rams squad. Impressive win for Fordham back in the day and it is worth taking another look at in Fordham history.

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