Courtesy: Fairfield University

Men's Basketball Hosts Monmouth Tuesday on SNY and ESPN3

Courtesy: Fairfield University
February 20, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University men's basketball team will play its final regular-season home game on Tuesday night when Monmouth University comes to Webster Bank Arena, a game which will be broadcast on SNY and ESPN3. The game time is scheduled for 7 pm. 

The coaching staff will honor the senior class prior to the game with ceremonies scheduled to start approximately at 6:40 pm. Andrew Leone, Steve Smith, and Amadou Sidibe will be part of the pregame festivities.

The Hawks come off a 93-75 win over Niagara, a win which clinched the program’s second-straight MAAC regular-season title. Monmouth comes into this game with a 23-5 overall record and a 15-2 mark heading into the final week of the regular season. The team has won 13 straight games, the longest win streak in program history and the third longest in the nation at this time. The team lost three straight games between December 28 and January 2, but has not lost a game since that three-game skid.

The 93-point effort marked the 10th time that the Hawks have reached 90 points in a game this season. Justin Robinson, who leads the MAAC in scoring at 19.9 points per game, netted seven three pointers en route to a 27-point performance for the guard. Against Niagara, the Hawks led by 18 points at halftime and led by 20 or more points for nearly the entire second half before settling on the 19-point victory. Monmouth

Robinson leads the team and the MAAC in scoring overall with a 19.9 average, one of three student-athletes in double figures. Micah Seaborn (14.0 ppg) and Je’lon Hornbeak (11.1 ppg) join Robinson for that distinction. Chris Brady provides a strong inside presence, leading the team with 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in addition to his 9.1 points per contest. Monmouth returns home on Friday for a match up with Siena before finishing the regular-season at Iona on Sunday.

The Stags dropped their first decision in nearly two weeks when Saint Peter’s handed the team a 74-55 setback in Jersey City. Fairfield led just two times in the game at 17-15 and 19-18, courtesy of Amadou Sidibe’s hook shot and Tyler Nelson’s layup, respectively.

Before the decision against the Peacocks, Fairfield has won three straight and six of seven contests. Tyler Nelson and Jonathan Kasibabu paced the Fairfield offense with 13 points each, the only Stags in double figures for the game. Kasibabu nearly had a double-double, finishing with a team-best eight rebounds.

Nelson leads the team in scoring with a 19.2 scoring average, followed by Curtis Cobb (13.3 ppg) and Jerry Johnson Jr. (11.8 ppg). Sidibe remains the MAAC’s top rebounder at 9.9 caroms per contest.

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