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Manhattan wins the Battle of the Bronx

Bronx - November 21, 2012: Manhattan's George Beamon

Bronx - November 21, 2012: Manhattan's George Beamon looks for the rebound during Hofstra vs Manhattan. (Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The best rivalry in New York came down to the last few minutes. And we’re not talking about the Knicks and the Nets, Jets vs. Giants or the Yankees and the Mets. We aren’t talking about Rangers-Islanders or Rangers-Devils either.

We’re talking Manhattan and Fordham. Yes, the Manhattan Jaspers and the Fordham Rams played in the 105th edition of the “Battle of the Bronx” on Thursday night.

It’s been well documented that both programs are in different places. Manhattan (2-3), with a deep and experienced team, is looking to win the MAAC, while Fordham (1-5), a young team, is looking to establish itself in the Atlantic 10.

Michael Alvarado had 19 points, Donovan Kates added 15 and Roslyn High School graduate George Beamon chipped in 10 as the Jaspers used its balanced scoring attack to escape Rose Hill Gymnasium with a 65-58 win. Manhattan leads the historic series 55-50.

Fordham, playing without its best man Chris Gaston, didn’t play like a 1-5 team. Ryan Canty had a career-high 18 points and Branden Frazier added 16 points.

It’s also worth noting that it was Fordham’s first home game of the season. The Rams have been road warriors, playing their first five games in another state.