FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University men's basketball team will take the national stage when it heads to Quinnipiac University for a Friday night game at TD Bank Sports Complex. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU beginning at 9 pm.
The Bobcats come off an offensive showcase that saw the team score 107 points in a five-point setback against Rider last weekend. The point total was the most scored by Quinnipiac since joining the Division I ranks, surpassing its previous high of 106 set against Concordia in 2005. With efforts like that one, the Bobcats have raised their scoring average by 11 points over last year’s team average.
Behind the team’s offensive resurgence are two freshmen, namely Mikey Dixon and Peter Kiss, who have combined to win eight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week awards. Kiss won the last three weekly conference awards while Dixon picked up the three before Kiss’ current run. Kiss is quite familiar to the Fairfield faithful as the freshman scored the game-winning basket against the Stags on February 6 with 1.9 seconds remaining, completing the Bobcats double-digit second-half comeback at Webster Bank Arena.
Dixon leads the team in scoring with a 16.0 scoring average and is among the team leaders with 2.2 assists per contest. Kiss is next in line with 13.7 points per outing in addition to his 5.5 rebounds every forty minutes. The inside game belongs to Chaise Daniels, who tied the school’s Division I record with seven blocks against Siena, places third on the team with 12.5 points per contest.
Fairfield begins a stretch of playing four road games over its final five dates with the last home game coming next Tuesday against Monmouth. The Stags won their second straight game and fifth in their last six dates with its 69-67 decision over Rider on Monday to complete the series sweep.
Amadou Sidibe blocked a shot as the buzzer expired to keep Fairfield in front, a fitting way to end his night which included 12 points and 10 rebounds. The forward currently has eight double-doubles this season, including each of the last two games. Tyler Nelson collected 16 points and eight assists against the Broncs, the 13th time that he has been the overall or co-leader in scoring this season. Two other Stags reached double figures against Rider, namely Jerry Johnson Jr. (15 points), and Matija Milin (11 points).
Nelson leads the team in scoring with a 19.2 scoring average, while Curtis Cobb (13.9 ppg) and Johnson Jr. (11.7 ppg) are also scoring in double figures for the season. Sidibe remains the MAAC's top rebounder with 10.1 caroms per contest, the only MAAC student-athlete averaging 10 rebounds this season.