FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- After another lengthy break between games, the Fairfield University men's basketball team will get back to the court. The Stags will finish up non-conference play with a Friday afternoon game against Penn, a 4 pm tip at the Palestra. Fairfield will play for the first time since defeating Boston College on December 21, just a few days removed from nearly a two-week hiatus earlier in the month.
The Quakers evened up their record with a 75-67 win over Drexel on Wednesday evening, turning a four-point halftime lead into the eight-point victory. A.J. Brodeur scored a game-high 19 points to help Penn earn its fifth victory of the season. The forward, who has already earned two Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards, netted eight of 14 shots from the floor and added six rebounds in his 31 minutes of work to collect his eighth straight double-digit game. Daniel Foreman came off the bench to score 12 points, while Matt Howard added 10 points to the home team’s cause.
Brodeur and Howard are both rated among the Ivy League’s top statistical leaders with Brodeur placing first in blocked shots per game (2.2) and Howard holding second in offensive rebounds per game (2.4). Brodeur leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game, joining Howard (13.0 ppg) as the team’s double-digit scorers.
The Stags halted a three-game skid with their 89-83 win over Boston College at Mohegan Sun Arena on December 21.The team built a 10-point halftime lead, tying its double-digit halftime advantage against Sacred Heart in the season opener, and eventually led by 14 early in the second half before seeing that advantage shrink to one point at 84-83 with a minute remaining.
Amadou Sidibe completed a three-point play on the Stags’ next possession to make it a two-possession game and enabling the team to hold on for the win. Two Fairfield student-athletes netted 20 points in the win, namely Tyler Nelson and Curtis Cobb. Amadou Sidibe was just one rebound short of another double-double, finishing the game with 12 points and nine rebounds against the Eagles.
Nelson kept his team-high scoring average at 20.2 points per game after his Boston College performance, while Sidibe stands put at the top of Fairfield’s stat sheet with 10.9 rebounds per contest.