NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Things got pretty awkward for A.J. English in the final five minutes of Tuesday’s eventual destruction of Fairfield at the Hynes Center in the MAAC opener for both teams. Reporters and SIDs had finished scrambling furiously through media notes and websites, and knew – as anyone in the stands could likely surmise by the sheer volume of shots English was hitting – they were watching an historic performance. Continue reading “Iona 101, Fairfield 77: It’s An A.J. English World”
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Fairfield 82, Columbia 81 (OT) : Break Up The Runnin’ Stags
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Kevin Degnan – at 6’8” and mostly a post player – had only seven career three-pointers, but there he was on the wing in front of a Fairfield fast break, picking a low pass off his ankles and drilling a three-pointer anyway. As the intimate crowd roared, Degnan gave a clapping Sydney Johnson a high-five on the way back down the court.
Welcome to the new world order that is Fairfield basketball in the last two weeks. And it claimed another victim Friday afternoon, this time Columbia, 82-81 in overtime, in what has to be considered a mild upset even if it were in the friendly confines of Alumni Gym.
If it were up to Johnson, Fairfield (3-3) would play much more in ancient Alumni Gym, where a holiday crowd of 1,886 made their presence known, with Johnson exhorting them on, almost to midcourt on a couple of big Columbia (3-3) possessions at the end of regulation and the extra session. The Stags will play two more times at Alumni this season, including a MAAC game against Saint Peter’s, but there are no current plans to expand that number.
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Fairfield Set For Another Carolina Test
It’s no easy task taking on the National Champions.
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Fairfield Gets Career Day From Tyler Nelson To Snap Losing Skid
Fairfield freshman Tyler Nelson grabbed the transition pass from K.J. Rose as he sat near the left corner. Quickly came a flying Tyler Gaskins, who missed a transition layup seconds before to cover his man, the Saint Peter’s junior flew at the Stags shooter. Nelson calmly pump faked, waited for the junior to pass by, and then drained a three-pointer to put the Stags up 45-36. Continue reading “Fairfield Gets Career Day From Tyler Nelson To Snap Losing Skid”
Three Thoughts: Quinnipiac 60, Fairfield 59 (A Bill Carmody Sighting)
Bill Carmody stood in his purple shirt Friday night at Webster Bank Arena and he could have been transported to Northwestern a few years back or maybe even Princeton a few years before that. He’s been out of the game for a couple of years now since being fired by Northwestern. He never did get the Wildcats where he got Princeton twice, the NCAA Tournament, even though he was there 13 seasons.
He came damn close, though, with four straight NIT appearances at one point, and his 1-3-1 and Princeton offenses gave more talented teams fits, although Carmody never did quite get enough talent to Chicago to get them over the NCAA hump.
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Three Thoughts: Iona 72, Fairfield 57 (A Bit About Schadrac Casimir)
For all the talk about Iona being nicknamed Transfer U, some of it deserved, the Gaels’ success under Tim Cluess over the past five seasons has not been solely about picking up talented players that other programs may not want for various reasons. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Iona 72, Fairfield 57 (A Bit About Schadrac Casimir)”
Tyler Nelson Emerging As An Offensive Threat For Fairfield
Chicks dig the long ball. Or that’s what Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux would tell you. Of course, they weren’t talking about basketball, but the slogan transitions between sports pretty smoothly. Continue reading “Tyler Nelson Emerging As An Offensive Threat For Fairfield”
Javion Ogunyemi, Siena Grind Out Another Victory
He may not be quite as animated as he was in the early days of his Loyola (MD) coaching career, but Jimmy Patsos is still Jimmy Patsos.
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Three Thoughts: Loyola (MD) 61, Fairfield 59 (OT)
At some point – as Dennis Green so emphatically pointed out years ago – you are what you are, and with the 2014 portion of Fairfield 2014-15 campaign now complete, we’re pretty sure the Stags are a solid defensive team with pretty good size, but one that is going to struggle offensively, especially when leading scorer Marcus Gilbert is not as his best.
That combination is likely going to result in a lot of low-scoring, close games in MAAC play, and Fairfield was already able to win its first two conference games that way. Alas, they’ve now lost all three non-conference games since after a particularly physical (some might call it unattractive) 61-59 overtime loss (Fairfield’s fourth OT game this season already) to struggling Loyola (MD).
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Three Thoughts: Belmont 73, Fairfield 61
Defense wins championships. Maybe. Sometimes. But not at Belmont, who has won six championships in the last nine seasons (five Atlantic Sun, and one in the OVC where it currently resides) largely because it can shoot the ball better than you. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Belmont 73, Fairfield 61”