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Navarro And Rams Come Up Short

Robert Rizzo/ Latino Sports

Bronx, New York — On Tuesday evening at Rose Hill in the Bronx, the Fordham Rams fell short in a second half comeback attempt to Virginia Commonwealth University by a final score of 66-61. Fordham guard Josh Colon-Navarro totaled 20 points, which marked a new career-high.

In the same fashion, VCU guard Keyshawn Curry finished with 21 points and two steals.  A Fordham second half spark began with freshman guard Ahmad Harrison on the free throw line. At the nine-minute mark, Fordham began a 7-0 run cutting the deficit down to eight.

However, a VCU shy and  pressed offense was too much for Fordham to withhold. Despite the loss, Fordham had three  separate scorers in double digits on the night, (Josh Colon-Navarro 20, Chuba Ohams 14 and Kyle Rose 12).

At 5’10” , Josh Colon-Navarro, of Carolina, Puerto Rico, showcased his talent on both sides of the floor. Navarro scored seven points plus two steals within the first eight minutes of regulation. Navarro’s effort in regards to the hustle plays and great court vision translated to his Fordham teammates.

Navarro continued the night on full court presses to disrupt VCU’s offense.
The Bronx native, Chuba Ohams is having an incredible bounce-back 2021-2022 season for the Rams. Unfortunately Ohams was sidelined most of last season due to injury. Listed at 6’9″,  Ohams is averaging 13.5 points and 1.8 blocks per game in 22 games played.

Ohams is the leader in rebounds (11.2 per game) across the Atlantic-10 Conference in addition to tallying 14 double doubles on the season.

Fordham Head Coach Kyle Neptune expressed his thoughts on forward Chuba Ohams impressive season.

“Chuba is a really hard worker, obviously, he is dynamic, rebounding the basketball, he’s done it all year, he’s done it his whole career, so it’s just something he has a gift for. He’s always in the training room trying to get better, always in the weight room trying to get better.He’s one of our smartest guys that’s been around for a long time”.

VCU forward Vince Williams added to the affair with 19 points on 7-9 shooting from the field. The  senior class duo between Williams and guard Keyshawn Curry have shown to be an elite combo within the A-10 Conference. In his fifth season as VCU Head Coach, Mike Rhoades has developed his squad  to exploit their opponents in the paint as 40 of VCU’s 66 points were scored in the paint.

Virginia Commonwealth University is currently tied for the second spot in the  A-10 Conference standings. With five regular season games remaining, VCU has the potential to make  noise at next month’s Atlantic 10 Conference Championship held in Washington D.C.

Neptune, first year coach for Fordham, said on the two-game homestand ahead: “We try to  put ourselves in the best possible position to win and look each other in the eye at the end of the game. And that’s every game, doesn’t matter if it’s a home game, away game, championship game, first game of the year. It’s all the same to us”.

Currently sitting at 11-13 on the season, Fordham faces off against George Mason Sunday afternoon and next Wednesday evening at Hill versus LaSalle University as their conference schedule continues.

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