FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University men's basketball team finishes up its weekend road trip with a Sunday afternoon game against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) leader Monmouth University. Game time is slated for 2 pm. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Hawks picked up their conference-leading seventh win with an 82-71 win over Manhattan College. Monmouth won its fifth straight game behind a 27-point effort by Justin Robinson, his third straight 20-point performance. Robinson’s first game of that run resulted in a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists in a victory at Niagara. The Hawks surpassed the 80-point mark for the 12th time this season and improved to 11-1 in those games. The team enjoyed a particularly good day at the free throw line, making 33 of 44 charity tosses. Micah Seaborn was a perfect 10 for 10 at the line, helping him collect 20 points for the game. Chris Brady picked up nine rebounds against the Jaspers, his third game with eight or more rebounds.
The Hawks come into this game as one of the top defensive teams in conference play, leading the MAAC in field goal percentage defense (.419) and in steals per game (7.8) in their nine conference starts. Robinson is the team’s top scorer with an 18.1 scoring average, followed by Seaborn’s 15.6 points per game. Brady averages a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game.
Fairfield made a valiant effort in its come-from-behind bid against Iona, but ended up short in a 96-89 setback at the Hynes Center. The Stags trailed by 24 points in the first half before cutting the deficit to 12 points by halftime. Fairfield fell behind by 24 points again in the second half, but drew as close as five points late in the game. The second-half run was fueled by a strong effort from Tyler Nelson, who scored 25 points over the final 20 minutes. He led all Fairfield scorers with 27 points, one point better than Jerry Johnson Jr.’s career-high 26 points.
Nelson leads the team in scoring with a 19.5 scoring average while Curtis Cobb (14.5 ppg) and Johnson Jr. (11.8 ppg) are also in double figures. Amadou Sidibe averages a MAAC-best 10.4 rebounds per game, the only student-athlete in the conference averaging more than 10 caroms per game.