Men’s Basketball Falls to Saint Louis, 66-46 – FORDHAM OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

Feb. 18, 2012

Final Stats

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis held its Mardi Gras parade as the city’s residents get ready for Lent. The Saint Louis University men’s basketball team acted as if it planned on giving up three-pointers for the Easter Season as the Billikens hit nine of their 27 long distance shots and Fordham couldn’t respond, falling 66-46 in the Chaifetz Arena.

With the loss, Fordham falls to 9-16 overall, 2-10 in the Atlantic 10, while Saint Louis, who won its sixth straight, improves to 22-5 overall, 10-3 in the conference.

The game was just one of more than 100 games this season between teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.

The Rams knew that points would be hard to come by, facing the top-ranked defensive team in the Atlantic 10 and the seventh best in the NCAA Division I. Fordham experienced that stingy defense firsthand in he first half, as Saint Louis held the Rams to shooting 22.2% (6-27) from the field and a season-low 16 first-half points.

Of the nine three-pointers hit by Saint Louis, the biggest two came at the end of the first half as Cody Ellis buried a pair from behind the arc in the final minute to turn a 20-16 lead into a 26-16 advantage at the break.

After Saint Louis jumped out to a 5-0 lead 1:47 into the game, the Rams came back with nine straight points, starting with a Branden Frazier three-pointer a minute later. Bryan Smith followed Frazier’s three with a three of his own and then completed a conventional three-point play to give the Rams a 9-5 lead 4:26 into the contest.

The Billikens used a 7-1 spurt to regain the lead, 12-10, on an Ellis free throw with 11:27 left in the half but jumpers from Frazier and Devon McMillan over the next 1:27 put Fordham up two, 14-12.    eight unanswered Saint Louis points helped the Billikens take a 20-14 lead with 5:07 remaining in the period but a Smith jumper with 1:34 left pulled the Rams to within four, 20-14, four minutes later. but Ellis’ two three-pointers in the final 53 seconds helped Saint Louis take the 26-16 lead at the intermission.

The Billikens carried that momentum over to start the second half, opening the period with a 15-4 run to build a 41-20 lead following a Jordair Jett jumper with 13:29 left.

The closest the Rams would get the rest of the way was 16, 47-31, on a Chris Gaston jumper with 9:50 remaining.

Gaston led the Rams with 14 points, and he grabbed seven rebounds, while Smith also finished in double figures with ten points. Frazier added seven points and three assists and Kervin Bristol added 14 rebounds and three blocks.

The Rams will next be in action on Wednesday night, February 22nd, as they host the St. Bonaventure University Bonnies in an Atlantic 10 game in the Rose Hill Gym at 7:00 PM.

Notes Gaston’s 14 points brings his career total to 1,348, good for 12th place on the Fordham all-time scoring list… he is 24 points behind Charlie Yelverton (1968-71) for eleventh place… Gaston’s seven rebounds bring his career total to 876, placing him in sixth place on the Fordham all-time rebounding list… he is 41 behind John Stevens (1962-65) for fifth place… Bristol’s 14 rebounds, his third straight and sixth overall double digit rebounding game of the year, was two shy of his career-high… Bristol is averaging 10.2 rpg over the past six games… his three blocked shots in the game bring his team-leading season total to 59… Freshman Luka Zivkovic hit his first collegiate three-pointer in the game… The previous Fordham season-low for points in a half was 18 at St. Bonaventure… The announced attendance of 9,173 was the third largest to see a Fordham game this year, behind the 22,906 at Syracuse (a Fordham record) and the 11,090 that saw the Fordham-St. John’s game at Madison Square Garden… Saint Louis has now won five straight against Fordham and now lead the all-time series, 7-1… The Rams are now 184-193 all-time against other Jesuit schools… according to the locals, the St. Louis Mardi Gras festivities are the second largest in the country, behind only the one in New Orleans.

Men’s Basketball Falls to Saint Louis, 66-46 – FORDHAM OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

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