RIVERDALE, N.Y. –Curtis Cobb knew early on that this was going to be a good night. But he couldn’t have known just how special it would be. The sophomore set the Fairfield University men’s basketball single-game scoring record with 46 points as the Stags defeated Manhattan College by a 97-79 score at Draddy Gymnasium.
Cobb also tied the school record for most three pointers in a game and equaled the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) single-game scoring record.
“I kind of felt it (was going to be a special night) after the second shot,” Cobb said. “I thought it was off but when it went in, I was surprised. After that, it just kept coming.”
The guard just kept shooting because his teammates kept finding him open. Despite his hot hand, the Manhattan defense kept losing him resulting in wide open looks. And, Cobb made those open shots, netting 16 of 23 shots from the floor and nine of 12 three-point attempts.
The sophomore scored 31 points in the first half, netting 11 of 14 field goals and seven of nine from three-point range. With his effort, Fairfield was able to take command of the game with a 54-33 lead. The Jaspers made a run in the second half that cut the lead to nine points on three different occasions but Fairfield managed to stop the runs each time and push the lead back to double figures.
Tyler Nelson added 16 poiints for the Stags while teammate Jonathan Kasibabu just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Zane Waterman paced the Manhattan offense with 26 points
With the win, Fairfield improved to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in MAAC play which places the Stags in a first-place tie in the conference standings with Canisius.
“Four games does not make a conference season,” Head Coach Sydney Johnson said. “I like how we are coming together as a team and how we are growing up. We still have some young guys out there but I like how they are maturing.”
Fairfield’s next game takes place on Tuesday, January 10 when it hosts Canisius College on Webster Bank Arena, the first of three straight home games for the Stags.