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Basketball Team Wins First Ever A-10 Tournament Game

With the help of a career day from freshman guard Marcus Stout, Fordham defeated Duquesne in the first round of the 2005 Atlantic-10 Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. The win is Fordham’s first ever at the A-10 Tournament.

In a rematch of a loss to Duquesne on Senior Night, Stout scored a career-high 31 points, hitting five of his eight three-point attempts, to lead the Rams to their first quarterfinals appearance in the tournament.

In the quarterfinals, however, Fordham was matched up against the number one seed from the West Division, George Washington University, which defeated the Rams 79-63, and went on to win the A-10 championship.

Freshman Bryant Dunston recorded his ninth double-double of the season in the loss, with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Rams finished the season with a 13-16 record, the most wins for the team since the 1999-2000 season.

Basketball Teams Raise Funds for Tsunami Relief

The men’s and women’s basketball teams raised $6,035 for the victims of the December tsunami by donating the proceeds from recent home games to the University tsunami-relief campaign.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, launched the campaign with $25,000 from the President’s Discretionary Fund. He encouraged students and staff to match that amount by March 1. The University community exceeded that goal, with a total of $52,000 raised through March 7.

The athletic department donated gate receipts from the men’s game against Rhode Island on Feb. 20 and the women’s game against Rhode Island on Feb. 24, in addition to accepting donations at each game. Both games were played in the Rose Hill Gym.

Basketball Player Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year

Freshman forward Bryant Dunston was named Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year, becoming just the second Ram to receive the honor. Bevon Robin (FCRH ’01) won the award in 1998.

Dunston’s season average of 14.9 points-per-game led the team and was seventh best in the Atlantic 10. His team-best 8.7 rebounds-per-game and 52.5 shooting percentage were second best in the conference. He also led the team in blocks with 62, good for third best in the conference.

Student-Athletes Named to Academic All-Conference Team

Six Fordham student-athletes were recently recognized for their athletic and academic achievements by being named to their respective 2004-2005 Atlantic-10 Winter Academic All-Conference teams.

From the men’s swimming and diving program, juniors Katie Greiner, Shaun Porter and John Stoneburner, along with sophomore Ben Marzolf, were named academic all-conference. Senior Mike Rozea and junior Maureen Zivic of the men’s and women’s indoor track and field team also received all-conference honors.

To be eligible for the Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must have a grade-point-average of at least 3.00 and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team. Directors of sports information from Atlantic-10 Conference schools cast the votes.

— John Blakely

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