Courtesy: Steve McLaughlin

Men's Basketball Closes Out Homestand With Saint Peter's Tuesday

Courtesy: Fairfield University
January 16, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- For the third time in eight nights, the Fairfield University will host a conference opponent at Webster Bank Arena as Saint Peter's University comes to Bridgeport for a 7 pm game on January 17. The Stags hosted Canisius and Siena as part of this current three-game home stand.

The Stags and Peacocks will meet for the first time this season and finish up the two-game season series in February in Jersey City. The Stags bring an 8-7 overall record and a 3-3 MAAC mark into this game, while Saint Peter's evened up their record at 8-8 overall and improved to 4-2 in the conference with its win over the weekend.

The Peacocks continued their successful start to 2017 by winning their third game in four dates with a 71-65 victory against Rider. Saint Peter’s has won its last two games including a 58-54 decision over Quinnipiac at the Yanitelli Center. Trevis Wyche posted a team-best 20 points in the win over Rider, one of which was his 1,000th career point. Wyche has hit the 20-point mark in two of his last four games, also netting that same point total in the team’s win over Monmouth to start the month. The Peacocks made all 17 of their free throws against Monmouth with Wyche netting all eight of his attempts.

The guard averages 11.4 points per game which ranks second among his teammates, trailing only Quadir Welton’s 12.6 scoring average. When it comes to MAAC play, Wyche has achieved the most success, posting a team-best 14.5 points per conference contest. Welton is also the team’s top rebounder, recording 8.1 caroms per contest which also places fourth in the MAAC. Saint Peter’s starts a three-game home stand following tonight’s game.

The Stags dropped their second straight game with its 63-54 decision against Siena.The team received several strong performances in the Siena game, most notably the double-double from Amadou Sidibe. The forward registered his sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Jerry Johnson Jr. came off the bench to lead all Fairfield scorers with 14 points. Tyler Nelson was the team’s other double-digit scorer with 13 points, his 30th straight game with 10 or more points. 

Nelson remains the team's top scorer with his 19.5 scoring average, a number which still leads all scorers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). And, Sidibe continues to be the MAAC's top rebounder with 10.5 rebounds per contest, the only student-athlete in the conference with a double-digit rebounding total. Curtis Cobb (16.1 ppg) and Jerry Johnson Jr. (10.6 ppg) are also scoring double figures for the Stags.

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