BRONX, New York — Joseph Chartouny scored four points in overtime, including the clinching free throws with seven seconds remaining, to lift Fordham to a 67-66 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine on Saturday afternoon at Rose Hill Gym.
Chartouny finished with a game-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the Rams (3-4). Will Taveras posted 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the winners, while Prokop Slanina netted 15 points.
Fordham scored 34 points in the paint to overcome 17 percent shooting (5-for-29) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Senior guard Aaron Calixte paced UMaine (1-7) with 20 points, including 7-for-7 free-throw shooting. Andrew Fleming registered a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds while going 7-for-12 from the field.
Ilker Er connected for 15 points and Vernon Lowndes Jr. provided seven points and 11 rebounds. Celio Araujo chipped in with six points and game-leading eight assists.
UMaine also struggled from long range, shooting 6-for-24 (25 percent).
The Black Bears led by as many as 10 points midway through the first half. That came on the strength of an 8-0 scoring run.
With UMaine leading 13-11, Er opened the surge with a jumper at the 12:43 mark and Fleming followed with a layup and a jumper.
Fleming then connected again from the lane to give the visitors a 21-11 lead with 9:40 left in the half.
However, Fordham responded with a 15-5 lead, including seven points from Tavares (two 3-pointers) to even things up before the Black Bears too a 28-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Chartouny scored 12 of his points during a hotly contested, back-and-forth second half. His conventional three-point play put the Rams on top 60-57 with 1:06 remaining in regulation, but Er connected on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds to play to force overtime.
In the extra period, Chartouny scored from close range at the 1:55 mark and Perris Hicks added two free throws 17 seconds later to put the Rams in front for keeps.
UMaine plays host to the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.