Men's Basketball Accepts CIT Invitation
March 09, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- For the fourth time in the last six seasons, the Fairfield University men's basketball team will participate in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Stags accepted an invitation to this year's event, the team's second straight appearance in the CIT. The opponent and game date will be announced on a later date.
"I'm extremely proud of the winning culture that we continue to develop here at Fairfield," Head Coach Sydney Johnson said. "We've now earned our seventh postseason invitation in the past ten years and our guys are enjoying the success we're having together on the court."
Fairfield made three other appearances in the CIT, beginning with the 2010 tournament. The Stags played a pair of road games that season, defeating George Mason University by a 101-96 count in the first round before falling at Creighton by a 72-55 margin.
In 2012, Fairfield advanced to the CIT semifinal round after edging Yale (68-56), Manhattan (69-57), and Robert Morris (67-61) at home. The run ended with a 65-59 loss to eventual champion Mercer University. The Stags dropped a 73-71 decision at Kent State during the 2013 tournament. Last season, Fairfield came up short at Alumni Hall against New Hampshire, 77-62.
Fairfield enters the postseason with a 16-14 overall record, winning eight of their last 12 games. The Stags placed fifth in the MAAC standings and earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament for the second straight season. Among the team's signature wins in 2016-17 was the program's first-ever win against an ACC team when the Stags edged Boston College in a nationally-televised game on CBS Sports Network.
Tyler Nelson leads the team in scoring with a 19.1 scoring average, joining Curtis Cobb (12.4 ppg) and Jerry Johnson Jr. (11.3 ppg) as the team's double-figure scorers. Amadou Sidibe is the team's top rebounder, securing 9.3 caroms per contest. Nelson and Sidibe rank second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in scoring and rebounding, respectively.