FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- There is no place better to string a few wins together than your home court, something that the Fairfield University men's basketball team has shown over the last couple of weeks. Facing a sub-.500 record, the Stags seemed to have found their stride at Webster Bank Arena, winning the first three games in their current four-game home stand.
Fairfield finishes up its season-long home stand by hosting Quinnipiac University on Monday night with tip-off scheduled for 7 pm. It's the first meeting of the year between these two Connecticut-based programs, the only MAAC team that Head Coach Sydney Johnson has yet to face in the 2016-17 campaign.
The Bobcats halted a three-game skid with an 89-81 win over Niagara at home over the weekend. Quinnipiac improved to 8-0 when it reaches the 80-point mark, went over the .500 mark at home at 6-5. The team has struggled on the road with a 1-7 record in true road games and a 2-2 mark in neutral site dates.
Two student-athletes posted double-doubles in the game led by Chaise Daniels with 24 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Peter Kiss’ 23 points and 13 rebounds. Kiss was two assists away from a triple-double, registering a game-high eight assists in the game. The Bobcats raced out to a large first-half lead, using a 52.7 field goal percentage to establish a 48-26 halftime advantage. The team saw more than half of that lead dissipate as the Purple Eagles scored 55 second-half points, aided by making 18 of their 20 free throws over the final 20 minutes.
Mikey Dixon posted 18 points in the Niagara win, which pushed his team-leading scoring average to 16.7 points per game. Kiss and Daniels are next in line among the team’s scoring leaders, checking into this game with a 13.6 and a 12.3 scoring average, respectively.
The Stags won their third straight game with an 81-61 decision over Niagara last Thursday. The victory brought Fairfield back to .500 in the MAAC (6-6) and pushed it above the .500 mark overall at 11-10. Five different Stags scored 10 or more points in the game, led by Jerry Johnson Jr.’s 18 points. Tyler Nelson (16 points), Amadou Sidibe (16), Curtis Cobb (15), and Deniz Celen (10) also reached double figures.
Fairfield trailed by four points in the first four minutes of the game before Nelson’s personal five-point run put the Stags in front for good at 12-11. The Stags dished off 25 assists on its 33 field goals (75 percent). Nelson was personal responsible for 10 of the team’s 25 assists, setting a personal best for assists in a game. The Stags shot 50 percent in each half and improved to 6-1 when they make at least half of their shots in a game.
Nelson remains the team’s top scorer at 19.0 points per game while Sidibe saw his rebounding average fall to 9.9 after securing six in the Niagara game.