FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield fans will have the opportunity to see their men's basketball team quite often over the month of January. The Stags will play seven of their next nine games at home, beginning with a three-game home stand that commences Tuesday night against Canisius College at Webster Bank Arena.
The team is enjoying one of its best starts in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, bringing a 3-1 record into Tuesday night's game which is just a half-game off first-place Rider's 4-1 mark. Fairfield comes off a 2-0 week which included a home win over Iona and a road victory against Manhattan. The Stags have won three of their last four games, a run which started with an 89-83 decision over Boston College on December 21.
The Golden Griffs saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end following their 98-75 loss at Iona on Sunday. The seven-game streak featured wins over two MAAC schools as well as a pair of non-conference overtime road victories against rivals Buffalo (94-87) and St. Bonaventure (106-101). Canisius started the year with a match up against the University of Kentucky, and played seven of its first nine games on the road.
In the team’s last game, Iona accounted for 15 three-point field goals, seven of which came from guard Schadrac Casimir who went on to score a game-high 27 points. The Griffs picked up points from a pair of starters namely Jermaine Crumpton (21 points) and Kassius Robertson (15 points). The Griffs missed scoring 80 points in the game for the first time since a 77-64 win over Albany on December 12, and for the only the third time in their last nine dates.
Canisius leads the MAAC in scoring offense by averaging 80.5 points per game as well as in three-point field goal percentage with a success rate of 38.6 percent. Robertson leads the team in scoring with a 17.6 scoring average, followed by Crumpton’s 16.6 points per contest. Phil Valenti is the team’s top rebounder at 5.0 caroms per contest, and averages 12.5 points every forty minutes.
In their last two games, The Stags received a lift from sophomore Curtis Cobb, who led the team in scoring against both Iona and Manhattan. He started the week with a team-best 22 points against the Gaels before setting the school record for points in game with 46 in the Manhattan win. The 46 points also tied the MAAC single-game scoring record.In addition, Cobb netted a school-record tying nine three pointers against the Jaspers. For his effort, Cobb was named the MAAC Player of the Week after averaging 34 points per game, shooting 67 percent from the field and 72 percent from three-point range
in his two appearances. Cobb raised his scoring average to 17.2 points per game, second only to Tyler Nelson’s 19.7 points per contest. Jerry Johnson Jr. is also averaging in double-figures with his 11.2 scoring average. Amadou Sidibe also has a season average in double figures with10.2 rebounds per game.