Sunday, December 10, 2006

Halftime Update from the Arena: Stags Trail 35-32

At the half Fairfield's men's basketball team is down 35-32 to Canisius. The Stags played a rough first 15 minutes and trailed by as much as 15 points. Fairfield battled back over the last 5 minutes with a 14-4 run, started by a three pointer from senior Marty O'Sullivan, who had 5 points in the half.

  • Fairfield's leading scorer in the half is Anthony Johnson, who has 8 and 3 rebounds. Johnson caught an alley oop from Han and slammed it down to ignite the small crowd, which features only about 8-10 students. Michael Van Schaick is second on the team with 7 points.
  • Freshman forward/guard Devin Johnson left the game 6 minutes in after being dunked on by Canisius' Darnell Wilson. Johnson injured his left shoulder and went into the locker room. Johnson returned to the bench in the second half, with his arm in a sling. He sat at the end with the trainer and his face showed both pain and disappointment with being out of the game.
  • Fairfield is shooting 47.8% from the floor, 11-23, but most of those shots did not come until the final 10 minutes. They are also shooting 70% (7-10) on free throws. They are 3-9 from 3, with Oglesby, Van Schaick, and O'Sullivan, the 3 seniors, connecting on all the long distance shots.
  • Fairfield has used half court pressure to force turnovers and help them back into the game. Back to back steals by Van Schaick and Oglesby led to 4 fast break points during the final run of the half. The Stags forced 5 turnovers in the final 5 minutes.
  • Fairfield's bench is again contributing, with 15 points.

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