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Rose Hill Gym Celebrates 80th Anniversary

The 80th anniversary of the Rose Hill Gymnasium got off to a rowdy start on Jan. 16 as the men’s basketball team upset division rival Xavier, 76-74. The game marked exactly 80 years to the day—Jan. 16, 1925—when the Rams tipped off against Boston College in the first game ever played in the gym.

The Rose Hill Gym is the oldest building utilized for Division I college basketball in the country. As part of the celebration, an anniversary card was signed by all in attendance and was later delivered to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Before the game, the Fordham Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2005 was introduced. Six alumni were inducted: MetroStars forward and former Fordham soccer player John Wolyniec (FCRH ’99); swimmer and diver Paul Delo (FCRH ’98); baseball player James McDermott (CBA ’93); rower Kevin Motsch (FCRH ’94); football player Charles Spinelli (CBA ’85); and Rick Sweeney (CBA ’88) a former swimmer, diver and water polo player.

Freshmen Standouts Leading Men’s Basketball Team

Two freshmen basketball players, forward Bryant Dunston and guard Marcus Stout, are making an immediate impact on the men’s basketball team.

Dunston, a Queens native, leads the team with an average of 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and a total of 42 blocks through the team’s first 19 games. He has been named Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week four times this year, becoming the first Ram to be so honored since Bevon Robin was recognized four times during 1997-98 season.

Stout, from Southfield, Mich., is averaging 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He leads the team with 26 three-pointers, is second in steals with 16 and ranks third in assists with 29. He has been named Atlantic10 Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week twice this year.

After beating division rival Temple for the first time in 20 years on Jan. 26, the Rams improved to 4-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 8-10 overall.

Baseball Coach Retires

Baseball coach Dan Gallagher, the second-winningest head coach in Fordham baseball history, will retire after 21 years with the Rams. Associate head coach Nick Restaino will serve as the interim head coach for the 2005 season.

Over the past 21 seasons, Gallagher posted a 518-468-10 record (.525), good for second place on the school’s all-time list. He is second only to legendary head coach Jack Coffey, who compiled 1,095 wins in 44 years. Gallagher led the Rams to seven league championships (three MAAC, three Patriot League and one Atlantic 10), four Eastern College Athletic Conference titles and five NCAA Tournament berths.

In May 1998, Gallagher received the Iron Major Award, given annually to the Fordham Coach of the Year. It was the third time he received the honor.

— John Blakeley

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