Last Minute Heroics lifts men’s basketball to defeat Duquesne
Bronx, NY – Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho wrote in his novel The Alchemist “Anything that happens once can never happen again. But anything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” Fordham men’s basketball fans hope that’s true. For the second game in a row, the Rams fell behind by double digits and came back for the win. Tonight it was a Antonio Daye, Jr. a driving layup in decreasing seconds that made the difference as Fordham beat Duquesne, 72-71, in an Atlantic 10 game at Rose Hill Gym.
With the win, Fordham drops to 9-5 overall, 2-0 in the Atlantic 10, while Duquesne drops to 6-8 overall, 1-1 in the conference. This is the first time since joining the Atlantic 10 in 1995-96 that the Rams Open Conference has played 2-0.
After a failed free throw from Kevin Easley with nine seconds left, Kyle rose grabbed the rebound and fed Daye who ran onto the court and pulled off a layup that went down with less than three seconds to go. A Jackie Johnson III three of just over half the pitch was wide and the Rams celebrated the victory.
Graduate student in front Chuba ohams led the Rams with his ninth double-double of the year, scoring 14 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, narrowly missing Fordham’s first triple-double as he added eight blocks, a career-high. Daye, a junior guard and graduate student Darius Quisenberry led the Rams with 16 points apiece.
The Rams trailed to 13 in the first half, 31-18, with 5:20 left, but were able to reduce the Dukes’ lead to seven at the break, 40-33.
Duquesne reduced the lead to eleven to start the second 20 minutes, 44-33, before the Rams scored 12 unanswered points to take their first half-time lead, 45-44, on a layup of Daye.
Later in the half, Fordham took their biggest lead of the night, 63-55, as Daye sidelined a Duquesne turnout at 7:07, but the Dukes outscored the Rams 14-5 over the next six minutes to take a 69- 68 with 1:46 left.
A hook shot from Ohams gave the Rams a 70-69 lead 23 seconds later, but a Spears jumper with 33 ticks on the clock gave Duquesne a 71-70 lead.
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• Antonio Daye, Jr. and Darius Quisenberry have scored in double digits in 13 of 14 games this year.
• Antonio Daye, Jr. came into the game leading the Atlantic 10 free throws with 66 and logged on his two charity shots tonight.
• The victory ended Duquesne’s six-game winning streak against Fordham.
• The last time the Rams opened the conference game 2-0 was in 1993-94 when the Rams opened the Patriot League schedule with wins over Holy Cross and Bucknell.
• Fordham goes to 7-3, overtaking the opponent this year.
• Second year care Kyle rose celebrated his birthday tonight.
8 – Blocks by Chuba ohams, a career high (the previous high was five in Central Connecticut earlier this year).
10 – Blocks for Fordham a season high.
12- Thefts recorded by the Rams, a peak of the season.
15 – Rams forced Duquesne turnovers, which led Fordham to 22 points.
20 – Fordham assists on 29 baskets.
40 – Points in the paint for Fordham.
70 – Rams placement attempts, a season high.
661 – All-time wins at Rose Hill Gym for the Rams.
1,549 – All-time wins in Fordham men’s basketball program history
• The Rams return to action and continue the Atlantic 10 game on Saturday, January 15, as they travel to St. Louis to face the University of Saint Louis Billikens at Chaifetz Arena at 2 p.m. 30 (EST)
• This will be the 18th meeting between Fordham and Saint Louis on hardwood.
• The Billikens lead the all-time series, which started in 1971-72, 14-3, and have won the last four games and 12 of the last 14 games.
• Saint Louis won last year’s game 68-40 on February 14 at Rose Hill Gym as Javonte Perkins scored a record 19 points for the Billikens.
• Fordham’s last victory dates back to February 18, 2017, when the Rams beat the Billikens, 54-40, at Rose Hill Gym.