Manhattan (1-3) at Fordham (1-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 29, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Hill Gym (3,470) -- Bronx, New York. Television: Local. Home Record: Manhattan 1-0, Fordham 0-0. Away Record: Manhattan 0-3, Fordham 0-2. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-0, Fordham 1-2. Conference Record: Manhattan 0-0, Fordham 0-0. Series Record: Manhattan leads 54-50.
GAME NOTES: The 105th installment of the series between the Manhattan Jaspers and the Fordham Rams is set to take place at Rose Hill Gym on Thursday.
For the Rams, this is their first home game of the season and comes nine days after their last outing, a 74-71 setback versus Fairfield during a portion of the Preseason NIT. The loss was the fourth in five tries for a Fordham team that has only a 70-68 triumph over Penn as the single tally in the win column.
As for the Jaspers, they too have only one win to this point, a 67-56 decision over Hofstra eight days ago. More recently the squad was in action on Saturday against Dayton on the road and again fell as a visitor in a 66-58 final.
Manhattan leads the all-time series by four games, 54-50, thanks in part to an 81-47 thrashing of the Rams in last year's meeting.
All one needs to know about Manhattan's outing against Dayton was that the Jaspers turned the ball over 25 times, resulting in 24 points for the Flyers. Manhattan somehow had a three-point lead with just under six minutes remaining in the second half, but a 17-5 run by Dayton down the stretch put the game out of reach. George Beamon was credited with 19 points, followed by Emmy Andujar with 12 points and six rebounds in the losing cause. Beamon, who was named the MAAC Player of the Week on Monday, put up 29 points and captured seven rebounds in the team's win over Hofstra and is now 16th on the school's all- time scoring list with 1,259 points. Beamon is pouring in 24.0 ppg on the strength of his 64.0 percent shooting from the field, followed by Rhamel Brown with 10.5 ppg and a team-best eight rebounds per contest.
Of the 55 shots taken from the field by Fordham against the Stags the last time out, 20 came from Branden Frazier, who knocked down nine on his way to a team-best 22 points. Jeff Short made a significant contribution off the bench with 17 points, sinking all three of his three-point tries, while Travion Leonard tacked on another 10 points in the three-point loss. Except for the outing against Pittsburgh in the second game of the season when he tallied a mere four points, Frazier has been a key figure on offense for Fordham with his 16.8 ppg. Frazier is also first on the unit with 25 assists, while Bryan Smith is the only other active double-digit scorer with 12.0 ppg.
Obviously, Beamon is someone who can score significant points for Manhattan, but if the Jaspers can't get more contributions from other starters then they could see this potential win pass them by.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Manhattan 65, Fordham 61
11/29 10:37:15 ET