Minutemen Defeated By Fordham, 80-67
Jan 5, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Jarrell-Wright scored 18 points and Fordham snapped a 10-game losing streak with an 80-67 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams.
The Rams (2-10), who had lost 20 of their last 21 games, won for the first time in seven home games this season.
Massachusetts (5-7) had won its last three games, the most recent a 68-56 victory over North Carolina State. But the Minutemen dropped to 1-7 away from the Mullins Center.
Jackie Rogers led Massachusetts with 20 points, and Mike Lasme had 18.
Fordham led by as many as 17 points in the first half and was up 46-32 at halftime. Massachusetts opened the second half with an 18-8 run to get within 54-50 with 14:05 to play on a layup by Raheim Lee.
Reserves John Blackmore and Drew Williamson hit consecutive 3-pointers to start an 8-0 run that gave the Rams a 62-50 lead with 12:20 left.
Massachusetts had one final run and got within 65-62 with 8:19 left on a 3-pointer by Brennan Martin. A three-point play by Rogers had the Minutemen within 70-65 with 6:36 left but Fordham closed the game with a 10-2 run as the Minutemen missed nine of their last 10 shots.
Jarrell-Wright's 3-pointer with 2:42 to go was Fordham's only field goal of the final 6:50, but the Rams went Anthonique Wilson went 6-for-6 from the free throw line over the final 1:52.
Michael Haynes added 15 points for Fordham and Wilson had 14, while Glenn Batemon had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Lasme was 4-for-5 from 3-point range and the rest of the team was 4-for-24, including Anthony Anderson's 2-for-11.
The Rams were approaching the longest losing streak in school history, 12
games in 1976-77 and 1997-98.