WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Thomas Nolan and Tyler Nelson each scored a team-high 11 points while Amadou Sidibe added 10 rebounds as the Fairfield University men’s basketball fell to Monmouth University by a 91-49 score at the OceanFirst Bank Center.
The Stags’ troubles started early when Matija Milin and Sidibe were saddled with three fouls each over the first 12 minutes of the game. Coupled with Jonathan Kasibabu getting shaken up midway through the half and Fairfield found itself shorthanded quickly.
Their absence was felt on both ends of the court as the Stags struggled to find ways to score points in the first half. Monmouth scored the first six points of the game before Fairfield rallied to tie the score at 12-12 following a 7-0 run that was fueled by Nelson’s four points and a three pointer from Nolan. Collin Stewart answered with back-to-back three-point field goals to push the home team back in front 18-12 with 11:58 remaining. Nelson stemmed the mini run with his third field goal of the game to make it an 18-14 game.
The Hawks rank their lead into double figures with an 11-2 run that gave them a 29-16 edge with less than seven minutes remaining. Nolan’s driving layup put a couple more points on the board for Fairfield but Monmouth added six more points to the lead which would eventually reach 26 points at halftime, 50-24.
The second half saw a few of Fairfield’s forward return to the lineup which helped the Stags on the offensive end. Kasibabu would lead the Stags with six second-half points and Milin would add five points to his total but Monmouth continued to build on its halftime lead. Sidibe picked up seven of his game-high 10 rebounds over the final 20 minutes of the game. Kasibabu posted two blocks in the second half as well.
Fairfield begins a four-game home stand on Saturday when it hosts Marist College at Webster Bank Arena.