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Men's Basketball Held Off at Fordham on Sunday

Men's Basketball Held Off at Fordham on Sunday

The Central Connecticut men's basketball mounted a second half rally at Fordham before falling, 90-77, on Sunday at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, NY. CCSU would trim a 23-point deficit to nine with just under four minutes to play before the Rams stemmed the rally to win their 10th in a row.

Jay Rodgers scored a career-high 23 points, while Nigel Scantlebury and Kellen Amos chipped in 14 points apiece. CCSU shot 28-of-62 (.452) from the field overall, and went 7-of-17 (.412) from three-point range. CCSU went 14-of-15 (.933) at the foul line.

Khalid Moore led all scorers with 25 points to pace Fordham. The Rams were 30-of-53  (.566) overall from the field and 12-of-24 (.500) from three-point range. Fordham was 18-of-21 (.857) at the foul line.

The Blue Devils travel to Manhattan on Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

GAME INFORMATION
Score:
CCSU 77, FORDHAM 90
Records: CCSU (1-10), Fordham (11-1)
Location: Rose Hill Gym | Bronx, NY

KEY MOMENTS

  • Jay Rodgers would pour in the first eight points of the game for the Blue Devils, while Kellen Amos would score four straight. The Blue Devils would hold the Rams scoreless for just over two minutes as CCSU would go ahead 15-12 following a putback by Jayden Brown.
  • The Rams would outscore CCSU, 18-4, over a four-minute spurt to build a double-digit lead. Fordham would roll off eight unanswered points to go ahead, 29-17 following a three-pointer by Romad Dean.
  • A three-pointer by Rodgers would end the Fordham spurt, but CCSU was unable to get closer than nine points the rest of the period. Darius Quisenberry, who hit his first six three-pointers of the game, would make it 47-29 before Andre Snoddy finished off a layup just before halftime to make it a 14-point game at the intermission.
  • Fordham would hold the Blue Devils without a field goal during a four-minute span midway through the second half to take its largest lead of the day at  68-45 with 10:24 to play.
  • Kellen Amos would score 10 unanswered points to charge the CCSU rally. The Blue Devils would outscore Fordham 26-12, holding the Rams to a pair of field goals over a nearly seven-minute span to cut the deficit to single digits. A layup by Davonte Sweatman with 3:30 to play would make it 80-71, but the Blue Devils were unable to get any closer.

QUOTABLE

"We had been playing at a pretty good level defensively coming into today's game," said head coach Patrick Sellers. "We didn't do a good job of guarding their ball screens or rebounding the basketball and it hurt us today. Give Fordham a lot of credit, they are playing at a high level right now."

NUMBER TO KNOW

44 – CCSU scored a season-best 44 points after halftime.

NOTES

  • Fordham leads the all-time series, 4-1.
  • Rodgers scored 16 points in the first half and finished the game 9-of-17 from the field, 5-of-10 from three-point range.
  • Amos and Scantlebury each scored 10 points in the second half, when they went a combined 8-of-13 from the field.
  • CCSU shot 17-of-29 (.586) from the field in the second half and outscored Fordham, 44-43.
  • Fordham took advantage of a 36-22 rebounding edge to outscore CCSU, 26-12, on second chance points.

UP NEXT

The Blue Devils travel to Manhattan on Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

 

 

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