Bronx, N.Y. – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Phil saw his shadow today, which means six more weeks of winter await us (assuming you believe in the groundhog's ability to predict the weather). That would be fine for Fordham University men's basketball fans, as it would mean six more weeks of watching one of the most resilient teams in Fordham history. Fordham held off a late Rhode Island run to beat the other 10 Atlantic Rams, 61-55, at Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday night.
With the win, Fordham snaps a five-game losing streak consecutive and improves to 10-10 on the year, 3-5 in the Atlantic 10, while Rhode Island falls to 12-8 overall, 3-5 in the conference.
The Rams were led by the graduate student forward Chuba Ohamswho posted his second straight double-double and 12th of the season, with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while graduate student guard Darius Quisenberry he finished with a game-high 15 points while dishing out seven assists and recording three steals. Graduate student guard Josh Colon-Navarro also scored in double figures for Fordham, scoring 12 points.
The Rams led by 13 at the half, 36-19, and increased the lead to 19, 43-24, 4:57 into the second half on a three-pointer by Quisenberry.
Rhode Island then began to chip away at Fordham's lead, cutting it to eight 46-38, with 8:37 to play.
A Colón-Navarro jump shot put Fordham up ten, 48-38, but the visitors were left with ten unanswered points to tie the game at 48 with 5:04 remaining.
The game would be tied at 51 two minutes later when a layup by Ohams, from a transmission by Kyle Rosegave the Rams a 53-51 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
Rhode Island managed to take Fordham's lead to twice over the next 1:33, the final at 57-55 with 1:03 to play, but a band eja de Abdou Tsimbila 26 seconds later gave Fordham a 59-55 lead and Antrell Charlton would freeze the game with a pair of free throws with 27 seconds remaining.
• Darius Quisenberry has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games this year.
 • Chuba Ohams has scored in double figures in 17 of his 18 games this year.
• The Rams are a perfect 4-0 on Wednesday this year.
• Fordham outrebounded Rhode Island, 40-38, and improved to 8-4 when outrebounding an opponent.
• The 19-point deficit was Rhode Island's biggest of the year.
• The 19 first-half points equal the season low for a Fordham opponent.
• The game will be broadcast on SNY Thursday at 12:00 pm. and Friday at 2:00 p.m.
By the numbers
4 – Blocks for Abdou Tsimbila matching the highest set of his career at Dayton.
5 – Rebounds for Josh Colón-Navarroa season high.
7 – Assists for Darius Quisenberryone less than his career high.
8 – Blocks registered by Fordham.
12 – Double-doubles in the year for Chuba Ohams.
18 – Abdou Tsimbila +/- for the game.
70 – All-time meetings between Fordham and Rhode Island on hard courts (Rhode Island now leads the all-time series, 40-30).
662 – All-time wins at Rose Hill Gym for Fordham.
1,550 – All-time wins for Fordham.
1,565 – P career points for Darius Quisenberry.
• The Rams return to action and continue the Atlantic game 10 on Saturday, February 5, as they travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to face the Saint Joseph University Hawks at Hagan Arena at 1:00 p.m. m.
• It will be the first of three consecutive away games for the Rams.
• It will be the 58th meeting between Fordham and Rhode Island on the field.
• The Hawks lead the all-time series, which began in the 1919-20 season, 39-18, and have won seven of the last eight over the Rams.
• Saint Joseph's took the most matchup recent, 73-69, on February 29, 2020 in Philadelphia when Ryan Daly scored 21 points for the Hawks while Josh Colon-Navarro scored 17 for the Rams.