Fairfax, Va. – It is said that everything in life is cyclical. The Fordham-George Mason basketball series is proof of that. When the Patriots joined the Atlantic 10 in 2013-2014, the Rams took the first five meetings between the two teams. But recently it’s been George Mason’s turn, winning the past three matchups, including a 77-45 victory over Fordham tonight in EagleBank Arena.
With the loss, Fordham falls to 2-10 overall, 2-10 in the Atlantic 10, while George Mason improves to 9-8 overall, 5-6 in the conference.
Sophomore forward Joel Soriano led the Rams with 15 points, and he pulled down seven rebounds, while senior guard Josh Navarro also finished in double figures with eleven points, hitting three three-pointers.
Fordham trailed by eight at the half, 33-25, but a Soriano jumper two minutes into the second half cut the Fordham deficit to five. That would be the last Fordham basket until a Soriano free throw stopped a 16-0 Patriot run.
• Soriano scored 13 of Fordham’s 20 second-half points, including the first nine.
• Navarro netted double figures for the second time over the past three games and the fourth time this year.
• Sophomore guard Cameron Cohn made his collegiate debut in the second half.
By the Numbers
6 – Rebounds by sophomore Kyle Rose, a career-high (previous high was five which he accomplished five times).
8 – Rebounds by Jalen Cobb, one shy of his career-high.
12.5 – Scoring average for Joel Soriano over the past four games.
• The Rams continue their 2020-2021 Atlantic 10 season on Saturday, February 13, as they host Saint Louis University in the historic Rose Hill Gym at 3:30 p.m.
• The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network and will be part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
• It will be the 17th meeting between Fordham and Saint Louis on the hardwood.
• The Billikens lead the all-time series, which started in 1971-72, 13-3, and have won the past three meetings and eleven of the last 13 match-ups.