Loyola Heads To Big Apple To Clash With Fordham

Dec. 21, 2013

Loyola (5-6) at Fordham (6-4)
Date & Time Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 | 3 p.m. CT
Location New York, N.Y. | Rose Hill Gymnasium
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- Loyola looks to rebound from a tough home loss to Northern Illinois when it wraps up its pre-Christmas schedule with a Monday afternoon battle against Fordham
- The Ramblers were primed to complete a perfect 3-0 homestand but squandered a 15-point, second-half lead in an eventual 55-49 loss to the Huskies last Wednesday
- Junior forward Christian Thomas led the Ramblers with 16 points against Northern Illinois, the 27th consecutive game that he has reached double digits
- Today is just the second meeting between the two Jesuit schools. Loyola won the only previous meeting, 64-50, on Nov. 26, 2011 in the first game inside the renovated Gentile Arena

Loyola/Fordham - The Series
Today is just the second meeting between the two Jesuit schools with Loyola earning a 64-50 win in the only previous meeting back on Nov. 26, 2011. In fact, it marked Loyola's first game in the renovated Gentile Arena. Joe Crisman scored 14 points to lead the Ramblers in that game. This is the Ramblers' second, and final, regular-season game this season against Jesuit opposition, as they knocked off Division II Rockhurst, 83-65, on Nov. 19

Scouting Fordham
Fordham brings a 6-4 record into today's game and are coming off an 87-78 loss at Monmouth on Saturday, snapping its modest three-game winning streak. The Rams have done well in the cozy confines of Rose Hill Gym this season, posting a 4-1 (.800) mark in the old gym with the wins coming by an average margin of 19.5 points. Fordham has leaned heavily on guards Jon Severe, Brandon Frazier and Mandell Thomas for its scoring this season, with the trio combining for 52.1 ppg. Severe carried the load against Monmouth, erupting for 32 points, highlighted by an 8-for-13 effort from downtown

The Spirit Of St. Louis
One of the region's most improved players last season, junior Christian Thomas has picked up right where he left off. The St. Louis native has scored in double figures in all 11 Loyola games this season and has reached double digits in 27 straight contests, the longest such streak by a Rambler since Keir Rogers put together a 42-game run from Feb. 1, 1990 through the end of the 1991-92 season. Thomas enters tonight's game eighth in the MVC in scoring (14.2 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (6.6 rpg), making him one of three players (Cleanthony Early, Wichita State; Tyshon Pickett, Bradley) to rank in the top 10 in both categories

Joy Versus Jesuits
Today's game is Loyola's second of the season against Jesuit opposition (Rockhurst) and the Ramblers have done very well lately against non-conference, Jesuit foes. The Ramblers are 10-2 (.800) in such matchups since the start of the 2009-10 season, including a perfect 6-0 under Coach Moser, and have not dropped a road, non-conference match to a Jesuit school since a 78-58 loss at Creighton on Feb. 21, 2010

It's Not How You Start, But How You Finish
Building on the note above, Loyola is just 2-5 (.286) this season when leading or tied at halftime but is a sparking 3-1 (.750) when trailing at intermission. The Ramblers had been finishing strong of late, outscoring its opponents by 5.8 ppg in the second half of its previous five games before getting outscored 41-21 in the final 20 minutes on Wednesday night against Northern Illinois

70 Will Suffice
Every team seems to have a magic number that usually equates to victory and for Loyola it seems to be the 70-point plateau. This season, the Ramblers are a perfect 5-0 when scoring at least 70 points and 0-6 when failing to hit that mark.

Sign Em Up!
Loyola took another step forward last month as 6-foot-6 guard Donte Ingram (Danville, Ill./Simeon), the brother of former Loyola standout DaJuan Gouard (2001-05), and 6-foot-2 guard Ben Richardson signed National Letters of Intent with the Ramblers during the early signing period. The duo will be eligible for the 2014-15 season and each led their respective high school teams to state titles in 2012-13