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FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Coming off a thriling overtime win at Quinnipiac, the Fairfield University men's basketball team will play its second road game in two days when it heads to Saint Peter's University for a Sunday afternoon game. The Stags bring a three-game winning streak into the contest, which also includes victories at Marist and against Rider.
The Peacocks also bring a three-game winning streak into this afternoon’s game and need a win today to tie its longest winning streak of the season set with wins against Quinnipiac, Rider, Fairfield, and Siena from January 9-19. Saint Peter’s has used defense to ensure its current winning streak, putting together its three best efforts of the season. The team has not allowed more than 50 points in any of its last three games, yielding just 47 points per contest during this current stretch.
The Peacocks lead the MAAC in scoring defense, surrendering just 62 points per game for the season. The team is the only MAAC program that is not allowing more than 70 points per game as a team average.
Saint Peter’s is coming off a 71-46 win over Marist behind a 20-point night from reserve Cavon Baker. Quadir Welton earned a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Nick Griffin netted three three-point field goals en route to a 14-point game. Saint Peter’s allowed just 16 points in the first half and opened up a 14-point lead by intermission, allowing just six Marist field goals in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Welton leads the team in scoring with 12 points per game as well as in rebounding with 8.2 caroms per contest. Trevis Wyche hit the century mark in assists as his four assists raised his season total to 100. He is also scoring in double figures with 10.9 points per game.
The Stags won their second overtime of the season with an 89-86 decision over Quinnipiac. The Bobcats used a 16-1 late in the game to erase a double-digit deficit and take the lead. Fairfield tied the game on Tyler Nelson’s layup with one-tenth of a second on the clock, sending the game to extra time. Jerry Johnson Jr. took over from there and scored eight of the team’s 11 points in overtime to lead the Stags to their 14th win of the season.
Nelson finished the game with 24 points and completed his double-double with a personal-best 24 assists while Amadou Sidibe added his third straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Johnson Jr. also chipped in with 19 points despite not scoring in the second half.
Nelson leads the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game which places second in the MAAC. Sidibe is the conference’s top rebounder at 10.2 rebounds per contest.