Monday, January 25, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: Temple at Fordham

by Ray Floriani

BRONX, NY - Once again Fordham hung tough about 25 minutes. The Rams couldn’t go the distance and match sixteenth ranked Temple as the Owls pulled away for a 62-45 victory.

In a 57 (Temple 56 Fordham 58) possession game, the Efficiency and Factors:



The first minute actually gave us an indication pace wise of what was coming.

1. Fordham wins the tap. Brenton Butler hit’s a fifteen foot jumper.
2. Temple Luis Guzman twenty foot jumper.

The Rams are a low 70 possession team but Jared Grasso wanted a slower pace. The Fordham mentor had his team dictate. Temple is a mid 60 possession team. Not exactly a blistering pace but faster that the tempo they saw at Rose Hill.

Both teams had good marks in caring for the ball. Temple had only 7 turnovers and neither team really showed and full court pressure on the defensive end.

Rams did a nice job on the boards as OREB percentage shows. In raw numbers Fordham out rebounded Temple 31-30 and had a 9-5 edge on the offensive glass.

Both teams shot poorly, under 30% the first half. Temple came right out and found the range the final twenty minutes hitting 67% after intermission. Fordham , never really got it going on the offensive end.

Owls’ top scorers Lavoy Allen (0 points) and Ryan Brooks (9 points) were held in check. Juan Fernandez, playing well of late, led Temple with 13 points while Scootie Randall came off the bench to add a dozen points.

Fordham was led by Chris Gaston’s game high 16 points and Butler added 9. Rams are still searching for that complimentary scorer to step up on a regular basis.

Temple is 17-3, 5-0 in the A-10 while Fordham falls to 2-16, 0-6.

“We had a slow start and didn’t make shots or go inside the first half. The second half we hit shots and quickly got some separation.” - Temple coach Fran Dunphy

“The first half our defense was what e wanted. The second half they (Temple) made shots and that changed the game.” - Fordham interim coach Jared Grasso

World Championship Trophy sighting.
Not intended to upset ‘Nova fans/readers who are Phillie ‘Phantics’. On display at Rose Hill was the Major League Baseball world championship trophy. The coveted hardware now in possession of the New York Yankees was made available for the day by a member of the club’s media relations department who is a Fordham alum. Fans were given the opportunity to view the trophy , photograph and pose for pictures. Naturally, yours truly took the opportunity to pose with two Fordham cheerleaders who are fellow Yankee fans, Alex (appropriate Name for a Yankee devotee) on the far left and Melissa on the right.
Ray Floriani with the World Series Trophy

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