Men’s Basketball Ends Ram’s Streak, With a 57-43 Road Win at Fordham
BRONX, N.Y. – Desmond Watson (15 pt, 11 reb) and Sam Mennenga (13 pt, 11 reb) each recorded double-doubles as Davidson ended Fordham’s 11-game winning streak with a 57-43 victory to open Atlantic 10 play Wednesday evening inside Rose Hill Gym.
The Wildcats also halted the Rams’ run of 15 consecutive home wins, while dominating the glass, 56-33.
Freshman Reed Bailey added 15 points for Davidson (8-5, 1-0 A-10), which held Fordham to just 25.4 percent from the floor, including a 3-of-31 showing from long range.
The Wildcats, who led 29-14 at the half, finished the period on a 7-0 run highlighted by a Mennenga layup at the buzzer setup by a Bailey full-court pass with just 2.5 seconds remaining.
Davidson was just as impressive at the defensive end in the first 20 minutes, limiting the Rams to their lowest scoring half of the season, which included a 1-of-15 start to the contest and 0-of-16 effort from behind the 3-point line.
Rostyslav Novitskyi was the lone Fordham (12-2, 0-1 A-10) player in double figures with 12 points.
Davidson’s lead grew to as many as 16, 41-25, on a Watson two-handed jam with just over 10 minutes to play and the ‘Cats didn’t allow the Rams closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Wildcats return home to Belk Arena on Saturday for a 2 p.m. New Year’s Eve contest against Dayton.