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Tom Pecora has Rams thinking big

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Fordham. But it’s been a joyful couple of weeks, too.

The Rams shocked the college basketball world with its 60-54 win over No.22 Harvard in front of 2,891 at the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx on Tuesday night. It was Fordham’s first win versus a ranked opponent since a 63-59 win over No.18 Georgetown in 1978.

Aside from knocking off a ranked team, it was the third straight win for the Rams, who were still beaming off their 72-66 win over Georgia Tech on December 29.

But Fordham coach Tom Pecora knows the season has barely begun. His Rams play at Massachusetts on Thursday and home vs. Xavier on Saturday.

“It’s an NBA week…After Georgia Tech last week and now we [went] tonight and then we go Thursday and then we go Saturday,” said Pecora. “Our practices will probably be like NBA walk-throughs. We’ll probably go for about an hour each day…We’re allowed to celebrate till midnight and then I’ll start watching some UMASS tape.”

Pecora lauded his team for not getting too far ahead of themselves after beating Georgia Tech. “They seem to be very mature going into the [Havard] game about the way they’re doing business,” said Pecora.

Pecora also had great things to say about the cozy atmosphere that is being created at the Rose Hill Gym, a place where so many people think it’s impossible to build a winner at.

Last year the Rams shocked the local area with a thrilling come-from-behind win against St. John’s.

Said Pecora: “This place is special…Everything around here, the weight room the training room there are upgrades. This place is a pit. And it can be for us what Cameron is for Duke. They have the smallest, oldest gym in the ACC, but it’s the toughest place to play and kids still go there to play.”

With Xavier coming to town on Saturday, the Rose Hill faithful should expect another big crowd.
 

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