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Former Fordham Star Earns a Spot With the NBA Champions

Former Fordham basketball standout Smush Parker, who was invited to the Detroit Pistons’ training camp as an unsigned free agent, has made the team’s 2004-05 season roster. This is the second NBA team for Parker, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2002.

Parker played for the Rams as a freshman during the 2001-02 season and led the team in scoring with a 16.5 points-per-game (ppg) average and in assists with 125 for the season. He was named to the Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and Second Team All-Metropolitan.

After playing for the Cavaliers, Parker signed with the Idaho Stampede of the CBA in November 2003. A month later he moved overseas to sign with Aris Thessaloniki of the Greek League. He led the team to the Greek Cup and was named Most Valuable Player of the championship tournament and a Greek A1 All-Star.

In one year in the NBA, Parker averaged 6.2 ppg and 1.8 rebounds per game to go along with 162 assists and 48 steals in 64 games.

Cross Country Teams Win St. John’s Fall Festival Championship

Senior Greg Mason won the men’s 8-kilometer race while senior Kristin Dolan won the women’s 5-kilometer race to lead both the Fordham men’s and women’s cross country teams to victory at the St. John’s Cross Country Fall Festival at the Oakdale campus of St. John’s University on Oct. 17.

Mason finished the 8K course in a time of 28:09, beating out teammate senior Rich Pica, who placed second, by one second. Also scoring for the men were junior Pat McLane (28:13), junior Jeremy Mosher (28:19) and sophomore Chris McCutchan (28:19), who took third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Dolan won the 5K course in a time of 20:07, while junior Stephanie Luther placed third with a time of 20:36. Freshman Caitlin Doherty (20:37), junior Tracey LaFrano (20:43) and freshman Allison Rowe (20:54) finished fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.

Football Team Is 5-3 Through Eight Games

A week after beating Holy Cross to win the Ram Crusader Cup and cap a four-game winning streak, the Rams dropped consecutive games to Brown University on Oct. 9 and Patriot League rival Lafayette College on Oct. 23.

The Rams rebounded the following week with a 36-6 Patriot League win over Georgetown University on Oct. 30 behind three touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Derric Daniels, to improve their record to 5-3 overall, 2-1 in conference play.

Daniels completed 13 of 31 passes for a total of 145 yards in the victory, and his three touchdowns gave him a season total of 17, second best in the Patriot League. Sophomore running back Jamaal Hunte rushed 15 times for 116 yards.

For the third time this season, the Rams’ defense held an opponent scoreless as the Hoyas lone score came on an interception return for a touchdown. Senior linebacker NaQuinton Gainous, who had 11 tackles, eight solo, including two for a loss, led the defense, which held Georgetown to 172 yards of total offense and sacked the Hoya quarterback four times.

— John Blakeley

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