BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Scoring is never easy in college basketball and for the Fairfield University men's basketball team, it's become a little more difficult as of late. After not scoring less than 64 points in their first 14 games of the 2016-17 season, the Stags could not get out of the 50s for the second time in as many dates, falling to Saint Peter's University by a 69-55 score at Webster Bank Arena.
One reason for the Stags' offensive slump comes from a sudden lack of accuracy from three-point range, a staple for Fairfield throughout this season. Tonight, the team made 26 percent of their long-range shots (7 of 27), one game removed from making three of 22 three-point attempts against Siena.
While the team shot better than 50 percent inside the arc, the Stags never really got on track tonight as the Peacocks scored the first six points of the game and never trailed in the contest. Despite struggling in the game, Fairfield continually made runs that challenged Saint Peter’s, often bringing down large leads to more manageable deficits. In the -first half, Fairfield managed to cut a seven-point lead early in the game down to three points at 11-8 following back-to-back baskets from Jerry Johnson Jr. and Curtis Cobb.
But Saint Peter’s lead continued to grow as the team built its first double-digit lead at 18-8 with 12:08 remaining before raising the advantage to a game-high 19 points at 36-17 at the 4:47 mark after Cavon Baker converted the team’s sixth three pointer of the half with 4:47 remaining in the half. The Stags once again battled back with a late run and shaved eight points off that deficit as Olivier Cadieux and Jerome Segura netted three-point field goals to fuel the comeback, bringing Fairfield within 38-27 by halftime.
Saint Peter’s scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half which gave the team a 46-29 advantage at the 16:14 mark. Fairfield finally found its way to the basket from that point, scoring eight straight points when Tyler Nelson and Johnson Jr. wrapped three-point field goals around a put-back layup from Amadou Sidibe. The Stags came closest after Johnson Jr. made another three-point shot at the 11:34 mark to make it a 48-40 score.
Saint Peter’s scored the next seven points to regain a double-digit lead at 55-40 with Antwon Portley scoring all those points. Fairfield could not reduce the lead below 10 points for the rest of the game, resulting in the Stags’ loss.
Jerome Segura led all Fairfield scorers with 13 points while Sidibe just missed a double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds for the Stags.
Fairfield will play a pair of road games to end the week, beginning with Friday night’s matchup with Iona College. Game time is scheduled for 7 pm. The Stags finish out the week at Monmouth University on Sunday afternoon, before starting a four-game home stand on January 28 against Marist College.