NEW YORK -- Tre Evans scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and four assists, Will Tavares added 19 points with seven rebounds, and Fordham never trailed in beating Florida A&M 79-69 on Thursday night for the Rattlers' tenth straight loss.
Joseph Chartouny scored 15 with six assists and a season-high five steals and Prokop Slanina added 14 points for the Rams (5-6). Perris Hicks hit three 3-pointers for nine points and Fordham made 15 from beyond the arc and 15 free throws to the Rattlers' nine.
The Rattlers closed to 56-54 on Nasir Core's 3-pointer with 10:28 to play, but Tavares hit a layup and dunked amid a 9-0 run and the Rams pulled ahead 65-54. Florida A&M trailed 69-66 on Desmond Williams' free throw with 2:15 left, but Evans hit a 3 and two free throws, Tavares made three consecutive layups and three free throws, and Fordham finished on a 15-3 run.
The Rattlers closed to 12-11 on Craig Bowman's 3, but Fordham pulled ahead on an 11-5 run capped by Hicks' 3 and led 40-36 at halftime.
Texas junior guard Andrew Jones is a limited participant in practice as he continues to regain strength following his diagnosis of leukemia, coach Shaka Smart said Monday.
Four-star point guard Jalen Gaffney made a verbal commitment to UConn on Monday, giving the Huskies their second ESPN 100 guard in the past two weeks.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|