Fordham falls to Manhattan in YES opener

11/29/2012 10:41 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
NEW YORK -- It wasn’t pretty, but Manhattan was able to spoil Fordham’s 2012-13 home opener, defeating the Rams 65-58 to win the annual “Battle of the Bronx” at Rose Hill Gym Thursday night.

Michael Alvarado had 19 points to pace three Jaspers in double figures, and Donovan Cates added 15 as Manhattan (2-3) overcame a sloppy performance, one that saw them commit 27 turnovers, to win the 105th meeting between the intra-borough rivals.

The brightest spot for Fordham (1-5) was a breakout performance by sophomore center Ryan Canty, who had 18 points, five rebounds, and four blocks to lead the Rams in all three categories. Leading scorer Brenden Frazier added 16 points, and Jermaine Myers chipped in with eight points, four rebounds, and a team-high four assists.

Manhattan led 26-23 at the half and pushed their lead to six early in the second, but Fordham battled back and led by as many as four multiple times. The Rams held a 52-49 lead after a Canty lay-in with 5:29 remaining, but the Jaspers then kicked it into overdrive, holding Fordham to just one field goal over the next five minutes and finishing the game on a 16-6 run to claim borough bragging rights.

With the win, Manhattan improves to 2-3 on the season, and the Jaspers will try to even their record on Saturday against a third straight Atlantic 10 opponent, George Washington, in Washington, D.C.

Fordham (1-5) will now head back out on the road for their next three games, starting with a trip to Boston to play Harvard on Saturday. Their next “home” game is a battle with Princeton at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Dec. 15 – with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon on YES – and their next game at Rose Hill Gym comes on Dec. 23 against Siena.

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