BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- It was a long six minutes for the Fairfield University men's basketball. Not only did the team go that long without a field goal, but Quinnipiac University went on a 15-2 run that erased a double-digit lead and positioned the Bobcats to collect a 73-71 win at Webster Bank Arena.
Tyler Nelson, who would finish the night with a game-high 29 points, went to the basket and scored with seven minutes on the clock to give the Stags a 65-54 lead. But that would be the last basket for Fairfield until Nelson converted another layup with 54 seconds remaining in regulation.In between those hoops, Quinnipiac scored 11 straight points to tie the game at 65-65 following a layup by Chaise Daniels.
Nelson ended the scoring string with a pair of free throws to push Fairfield back in front, 67-65, the final time that the Stags would hold an advantage. Daniels responded with two more paint points to make the score 67-67 with 1:39 on the clock. Freshman Peter Kiss would recapture the lead for the Bobcats by making one of two free throws, but the guard managed to secure the rebound off the missed free throw for another possession.,
Kiss went back to the line and again made one of two charity tosses to make it a 69-67 lead before Nelson went to the basket and knotted the score at 69 with 54 seconds remaining. Kiss and Nelson traded layups on the next two possessions of the game to keep it tied. The Bobcats had the basketball with a one-second differential on the game and shot clocks.
Kiss held the ball as long as possible before attacking the lane and lofting a shot that found the bottom of the basket with 1.9 seconds remaining. The Stags passed the ball near midcourt where Nelson was waiting anxiously. After a dribble, the junior let the ball fly but it caromed off the rim and ended the game.
Things did not seem as though it would end this way for the Stags. Fairfield led in this game for more than 37 minutes, most of the leads hovering around double figures. After Quinnipiac opened the game with a Daniels jumper, Fairfield scored nine of the next 11 points to double up its opponent 12-6 with 16:48 left in the half. All 12 of those points came from behind the arc as Fairfield made four of its five shots from behind the arc.
The Bobcats cut the lead back to two points at 16-14 before the Stags executed five straight points to gain room at 21-14 following a Curtis Cobb jumper. Jerome Segura would give his team its first double-digit advantage when his layup fell through the basket and made the score 32-22 at the 4:51 mark. The 10-point margin would hold at halftime, 42-32.
Fairfield took its biggest lead early in the second half as Nelson’s jumper pushed the score to 46-32 just one minute into the second half. The double-digit lead remained intact for a good portion of the second half, the last of which came at 65-54, setting up the Bobcats come back.
Amadou Sidibe added a game-high 12 rebounds for Fairfield. Chaise Daniels just missed a double-double for Quinnipiac, registering 12 points and nine rebounds. Curtis Cobb was also a rebound short of a double-double for Fairfield, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.