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Manhattan overcomes early deficit, cruises to 71-57 win over Fordham in Battle of the Bronx

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NEW YORK — Emmy Andujar had 14 points and Manhattan erased an early deficit to beat Fordham 71-57 in the Battle of the Bronx at the Barclays Center on Monday night.

The Jaspers (4-7) opened the second half with a 22-5 run and extended a five-point halftime edge to their largest lead at 52-30. The Rams (3-6) closed within 62-53 with 1:33 left, but Manhattan made 9 of 10 free throws to finish.

Fordham scored 10 straight to open the game and led 16-4 before Manhattan answered with an 18-4 run to take the lead for good at 22-20.

Shane Richards was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and Ashton Pankey was 5 of 10 from the field — each finishing with 12 points for Manhattan.

Mandell Thomas had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists for Fordham.

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