Battle of the Bronx: Beamon, Andujar Lead Manhattan Rout of Fordham, 81-47
Manhattan's George Beamon scored the first eight points of the game, and the Jaspers never looked back from there. Fordham (3-4) was unable to take a lead through the duration of this game.
The Rams did, however, cut the Jasper lead to 10-8, but then Manhattan (6-4, 2-0 MAAC) went on a 10-2 run to retake control.
The Jaspers bumped the lead up to 11 points by shooting 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final two minutes of the first half.
Manhattan then came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Rams 45-22 in the final 20 minutes.
Freshman Emmy Andujar won the 2011 Battle of the Bronx MVP with 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Meanwhile, Beamon added 15 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore Rhamel Brown put together a solid outing. The 6'6" forward only played 12 minutes, but he had nine points, five rebounds and four blocks.
Michael Alvarado, Donovan Kates and Liam McCabe-Moran all scored in double digits for Manhattan too, and Roberto Colonette had seven points and nine rebounds.
The Manhattan program is quickly turning around under rookie head coach Steve Masiello.
In just 10 games, Masiello has already matched Manhattan's win total for all of last season. In addition, he has put together Manhattan's first three-game winning streak since the start of the 2009-10 season, and the first back-to-back 20-point wins in 10 years.
Although Fordham is probably the worst team in the Atlantic 10, it is still a team from a conference that is a step higher than the MAAC.
Whenever you run a team from a better conference out of the gym, you know you are doing something right.
In the last two games, Manhattan has shown the ability to dominate at home.
The Jaspers are shooting 48 percent from the field during this stretch, and 42.8 percent from three-point range. Also, they have been dominating the boards with great interior defense.
If Manhattan continues to play like this, it should definitely finish in the top five in the MAAC.
Manhattan also seems to have found a good balance on offense.
In the earliest games of the season, the Jaspers were simply chucking up three-pointers. If the shots went in, they would go on a big run. If the shots did not go in, the offense would be unable to produce.
Although they are still shooting plenty of three-pointers, the Jaspers are generally taking much smarter shots.
With Brown and Colonette playing much better in the post, Manhattan has also developed a post game. Despite being undersized, the two big men have been able to compete well.
Meanwhile, Andujar continues to be the most impressive newcomer to the Manhattan squad. At 6'5", he can play either a guard or a forward. He can put up solid scoring numbers and stay strong on the glass, and he also has great court vision.
He is now averaging 8.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game.
Manhattan starts a four-game road trip, which includes three games against CAA opponents, at Hofstra (3-6, 0-1 CAA) on Saturday afternoon.
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