The Fordham Rams and the Kent State Golden Flashes meet Monday in college basketball action from Sports and Fitness Center. Fordham comes into this matchup at 2-2 overall. The Rams lost to Abilene Christian in their last outing. As for Kent State, they’re currently 3-2 on the year and coming off a four-point loss to Missouri State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Rams have had their ups and downs so far this year, alternating wins with losses. Fordham beat Wagner in OT during their opener, then gave up 54.0 percent shooting to Cornell in a 78-73 loss in game two. The Rams bounced back versus Norfolk State with 37 rebounds, 12 assists and 16 total turnovers.
On Sunday versus Abilene Christian, Fordham was drilled 32-16 in the first half. The Rams got better from there but still took a sizable loss 59-45. Leading the team in scoring was Abdou Tsimbila, who doubled up on 11 points and 11 rebounds. Japhet Medor added 10 points and two rebounds as well.
Kent State Golden Flashes
Over on the Kent State side, they managed three wins in their first four games this year. The lone blemish was a 113-108 loss to James Madison in double overtime. The Golden Flashes recovered well with wins in their next pair 79-69 over Fresno State and 100-62 against Hampton.
Kent State fell back into the loss column versus Missouri State in their last game. The Flashes took a 33-27 deficit into the break and scored just 25 points from there in a 56-52 loss. The only double-digit scorer on the team was Cli’Ron Hornbeak with 11 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.
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I’ll likely stick with Kent State. The Golden Flashes are coming off a pretty rough shooting performance in a defense-oriented loss. Kent State posted just 32.8 percent from the field with 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) on 3-point shots while getting out-rebounded 51-37. The Flashes took good care of the ball with just nine turnovers to the Bears’ 19, though.
As for Fordham, they were ice cold from the field in the Abilene Christian game, posting just 29.6 percent shooting from the field and 8.3 percent (1-of-12) from 3-point range. Add in 19 turnovers and 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from the line and it negates the 46-31 rebounding advantage. The Rams can follow along here, but they’ll have to shoot much better.