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Honor scores 30 and Fordham stuns Big 10 Rutgers 78-70

NEW YORK (AP) Fordham's certainly not looking like the team expected to be a part of the back end of the Atlantic 10 Conference this season.

The Rams entered the season as one of the youngest in Division I with eight freshman and two sophomores on the 17-man roster. It's no surprise their youth was a factor in the early forecasts, however, freshman Nick Honor is playing years beyond his nine-game career.

Honor scored a career-high 30 points going 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the 3-point line and Fordham upset Rutgers 78-70 on Saturday in a hyped-up, overflow crowd at Rose Hill Gym. He entered the game averaging 17.5 points and set his previous career high of 28 points in just his third game in an 83-77 win against Florida International on Nov. 16.

''Fordham was the tougher team today,'' Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ''When you go on the road, if you're not the tougher team, you're probably not going to win.''

Against Rutgers, the two teams remained even for most of the first half before Rutgers outscored Fordham 12-7 in the last five minutes of the half and led 31-26 at intermission.

Honor and fellow freshman Antwon Portley each converted layups out of the break and reduced the deficit to a point. Later, Ivan Raut buried a 3-pointer and immediately followed it up with a 3-point play to push the Rams ahead 42-37 with 14:56 left.

Honor made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 49-42 before the Scarlet Knights outscored Fordham 14-5 in an eight-minute span. Issa Thiam made a pair of free throws, followed with a 3 and Rutgers led 56-54. Jalen Cobb's jump shot knotted it before the 5-foot-10 Honor took over and sandwiched a pair 3-pointers around two fouls shots and Fordham led the rest of the way.

Rutgers finished shooting 10 of 22 from behind the arc compared to 4 of 16 for the Scarlet Knights. Cobb scored 17 for Fordham (7-2) and Portley chipped in 10.

Eugene Omoruyi paced Rutgers (5-4) with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Geo Baker scored 14 with six rebounds and six assists and Ron Harper Jr. added 10 for the Scarlet Knights.

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights last year got beat by Hartford and Stony Brook. Now they've added Fordham to their list of surprising defeats.

Fordham: It was the Rams' first win over a Big Ten opponent since beating Northwestern, 63-60, on Dec. 22, 2001. Fordham so far has blunted early expectations and has started the season winning seven of its first nine games. The Rams were picked to finished last in the 14-team Atlantic 10.

LAST TIME

It's been almost 83 years since a Big Ten member traveled to play a game a Fordham's Rose Hill Gym. The Purdue Boilermakers made the trip in February 1935. ''Someone told me that and I'm not surprised,'' Pikiell said.

TAKING THE SERIES LEAD

The Rams now own a 28-27 series lead against Rutgers. Prior to Saturday, Rutgers had won the past five meetings, including a 75-63 win at Rutgers last year.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Will travel to Seton Hall to face the Pirates on Saturday.

Fordham: Hosts NJIT on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
G. Baker
N. Honor
37.7 Min. Per Game 37.7
20.7 Pts. Per Game 20.7
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
42.7 Field Goal % 50.8
42.9 Three Point % 36.7
70.6 Free Throw % 90.5
+ 2 Eugene Omoruyi made layup 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Eugene Omoruyi 11.0
  Nick Honor missed 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Nick Honor made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Montez Mathis 11.0
  Bad pass turnover on Geo Baker 19.0
+ 1 Jalen Cobb made 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 Jalen Cobb made 1st of 2 free throws 28.0
  Personal foul on Eugene Omoruyi 28.0
  Defensive rebound by Fordham 29.0
  Geo Baker missed 3-pt. jump shot 31.0
Team Stats
Points 70 78
Field Goals 26-61 (42.6%) 25-53 (47.2%)
3-Pointers 4-16 (25.0%) 10-22 (45.5%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 18-27 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 39 34
Offensive 13 10
Defensive 22 20
Team 4 4
Assists 11 14
Steals 4 3
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 10 9
Fouls 23 18
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
30 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Rutgers 5-4 313970
home team logo Fordham 7-2 265278
Team Stats
away team logo Rutgers 5-4 69.4 PPG 42.6 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo Fordham 7-2 72.8 PPG 38.9 RPG 12.1 APG
Key Players
5
E. Omoruyi F 15.8 PPG 9.2 RPG 2.1 APG 48.2 FG%
3
N. Honor G 18.3 PPG 2.5 RPG 3.1 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Omoruyi F 19 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
N. Honor G 30 PTS 2 REB 6 AST
42.6 FG% 47.2
25.0 3PT FG% 45.5
70.0 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 34 19 11 2 0 0 3 4 8/15 0/0 3/5 5 6
G. Baker 37 14 6 6 2 0 2 2 5/16 2/9 2/3 0 6
M. Mathis 25 8 2 0 1 0 1 2 2/4 0/1 4/6 1 1
P. Kiss 29 4 7 2 1 0 2 3 2/9 0/3 0/0 3 4
S. Doorson 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 34 19 11 2 0 0 3 4 8/15 0/0 3/5 5 6
G. Baker 37 14 6 6 2 0 2 2 5/16 2/9 2/3 0 6
M. Mathis 25 8 2 0 1 0 1 2 2/4 0/1 4/6 1 1
P. Kiss 29 4 7 2 1 0 2 3 2/9 0/3 0/0 3 4
S. Doorson 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Harper Jr. 17 10 0 1 0 1 0 2 3/6 1/2 3/4 0 0
S. Carter 19 8 7 0 0 0 0 1 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 4
I. Thiam 18 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/1 2/2 0 1
M. Johnson 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
C. McConnell 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Downes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nathan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doucoure - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 70 35 11 4 3 10 23 26/61 4/16 14/20 13 22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Honor 38 30 2 6 0 0 1 1 10/17 5/7 5/6 1 1
A. Portley 28 10 1 2 1 0 3 2 3/6 1/2 3/4 0 1
I. Raut 22 9 3 1 0 0 1 3 3/7 2/6 1/1 1 2
J. Bunting 24 6 8 1 1 0 0 1 3/4 0/0 0/2 4 4
C. Austin 14 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0/3 0/1 0/2 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Honor 38 30 2 6 0 0 1 1 10/17 5/7 5/6 1 1
A. Portley 28 10 1 2 1 0 3 2 3/6 1/2 3/4 0 1
I. Raut 22 9 3 1 0 0 1 3 3/7 2/6 1/1 1 2
J. Bunting 24 6 8 1 1 0 0 1 3/4 0/0 0/2 4 4
C. Austin 14 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0/3 0/1 0/2 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Cobb 29 17 4 1 0 0 3 3 4/6 2/3 7/10 0 4
D. Pekarek 20 4 4 1 0 0 1 2 1/5 0/2 2/2 2 2
C. Ohams 8 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
T. Perry 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3
O. Eyisi 9 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 2
E. Gazi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Downing - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Slanina - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Burquest - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Radovich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Skoric - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 78 30 14 3 1 9 18 25/53 10/22 18/27 10 20