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Fordham basketball’s new and improved basketball floor

August 2, 2012

(Photo taken by Ryan Canty)

Here is a photo taken by Sophomore Center Ryan Canty of the new floor at the Rose Hill Gym. I have to say, I do like the design with the big F and the Ram in the middle, but I am not a big fan of just the light hardwood.

I did like it when it said Fordham on the end lines in maroon and the paint was maroon as well. I felt it looked very punchy and brought a lot of attention on both offense and defense. Of course, in those days there was Bryant Dunston who absolutely owned the paint.

Anyways, this court reminds me of Richmond University and their basketball floor. I think it’s the new trend in basketball courts. Overall, I think it’s okay but I wish there was more color on the court. But hey, if there could be more maroon shirts cheering in the seats, then this court would look very special.

It’s more change we have been seeing from the basketball program the past few years and it looks like the program is really working towards being successful. Now all they need is a few more W’s and then we can start talking…

 

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Fordham basketball starting to win and starting to advertise

December 6, 2011

As a Fordham basketball fan for a lot of years there is nothing more you want than winning. You could feel the sense of a turnaround in 2005 when they made the Atlantic 10 tournament a couple of times and almost went to the championship game with Bryant Dunston and company. After the Dunston-Stout-Binns-Greene-Anderson era ended in 2008, Fordham basketball was ready for change.

They won three games in 2008-09 and two in 2009-10. Losing became a part of life. Then in 2010, Tom Pecora was named Head Coach of the Rams and was ready to pull up his sleeves and get to work rebuilding. Well after one season he won seven games and nothing was as magical as beating St. John’s in the Rose Hill Gym. I am not gonna lie, I cried in my dorm room in happiness when that happened. I had never seen anything so wonderful in my life. 

(Paul J. Bereswill)

So as I was saying, the potential is here and the winning is coming. Already into the season the Rams are 3-3 and are learning valuable lessons in every single game.  But now comes the question, who is going to watch the games?

That has been the hardest part for Fordham since I have ever been there. Who wants to watch a basketball game in an atmosphere that is like a high school gymnasium? The answer is you have to advertise and tell people who Fordham Basketball is and what you are ready to do for the campus and the alumni in the Atlantic 10.

Many of you have seen the New York Daily News post and the radio spot by Mike Breen calling Fordham Basketball “College Basketball – New York Style.” Many have been questioning this move by the athletic department and by Fordham basketball junkies. Why spend money on advertising when we can have a new gymnasium?

Well I have to tell you folks, I don’t think there will be a new gym for a long time. The University is focusing on new dorms and buildings to improve living and education. Where could you put an arena in the Bronx? The answer is you just cannot. The Izod experiment last year just didn’t work and the Rams won’t be playing games there this season. That is why Coach Pecora and the players are trying to make this gym special and win with the loudest atmosphere in the country.

That message has to be sent out to fans and alumni NOW. From a lot of experience watching and being a part of college basketball I have to say that a packed Rose Hill Gym is much more of an advantage than a packed Bradley Center. The floor in the Rose Hill Gym actually shakes when it is at full capacity and the players can feel the difference. Players used to tell me, it would get their adrenaline up and they would play twice as hard and be very focused during those times.

Coach Pecora and the players are now trying to send a message to the fans, “Support us!” You support us in our gym and we will bring the energy and the wins. If you show up to the Rose Hill Gym on a Monday night it can help these kids work harder and get better with that kind of support.

Advertising helps the program gain recognition. It’s time to get Fordham back in the national spotlight. Examples would be games on ESPN, players names in news articles and weekly awards, and finally make other schools in the Atlantic 10 talk about how dangerous Fordham’s team is and that they can’t seem to lose at their historic gym. That would be BIG TIME and a huge step in progress. I realize Fordham basketball wasn’t created in one day and know that it takes time and money.  

So my final words to Fordham fans and people new to Fordham basketball, it’s time to support the players. Make the Rose Hill Gym known to the countyand see if Fordham can own the title of being “The Best” in New York City. There are so many teams that play in the Metro area like Iona, St. John’s, Wagner, LIU, and Hofstra. How nice would it be to be the best? It would make Fordham feel like a topic of discussion, rather than a second thought.

This will get Fordham Fans pumped before the game

February 2, 2011

Here is Bryant Dunston’s dominating performance against the Rams in 2007 with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Gaston is going to need a game like this tonight:

This day in Fordham Basketball History

December 8, 2010

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.