Men's Basketball Opens Home Slate with Battle of Bronx Tonight on YES Network
Nov. 29, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. -
The Fordham University Rams open the home portion of their 2012-2013 season by hosting the Manhattan College Jaspers in the annual "Battle of the Bronx" in the historic Rose Hill Gym on Thursday night, November 29, at 7:30 PM in a game that will be televised live by the YES Network with Fordham's own Ryan Ruocco on play-by-play and Jim Spanarkel on color. To see if your cable provider carries YES, use the YES Network Channel finder.
The game will be broadcast live on WFUV (90.7 FM) and on wfuv.org as well as being streamed live at www.FordhamSports.com. You can also follow the game via Live Stats.
Fordham enters the game with a 1-4 record after a 74-71 loss to Fairfield University on November 20 at Lehigh University in a consolation game of the 2012 Season Tip-Off. Manhattan enters the game with a 1-3 record and is coming off a 66-57 loss at the University of Dayton on Saturday.
Thursday night's contest will be the 105th meeting between Fordham and Manhattan on the hardwood with the Jaspers leading the all-time series, which started in 1911-12, 54-50. The 104 games played against Manhattan are the most against any one opponent for Fordham while the 50 wins over the Jaspers are the most victories over any opponents for the Rams.
On the court, Fordham is led by junior guard Branden Frazier, who is averaging a team-high 16.8 ppg and he leads the team with 25 assists, while sophomore guard Bryan Smith is averaging 12.0 ppg and he leads the squad with 13 three-pointers. Frazier netted a season-high 22 points and added seven assists in the Fairfield game. Senior Chris Gaston is netting 11.3 ppg and a team-high 8.7 rpg but will be out of action for the next few weeks due to an injury. Gaston, who led the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg) last year, has 937 career rebounds, fifth all-time at Fordham, and 1,462 career points, ninth all-time at Rose Hill. He is 31 rebounds behind Bill McCadney (1955-58) for fourth on the all-time rebounding list and 62 points behind Brenton Butler on the all-time scoring list.