Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Men's Basketball Capsule: A preview of the Fairfield vs. Fordham game

This Thursday, the Stags square off against non-conference opponent Fordham at 7 p.m. in the Bronx.

Fairfield (3-10) is 1-1 in the MAAC, while the Rams (5-5) have yet to start play in the A-10.

So far this season for the Rams, Marcus Stout has led the offense with a team-high 14.2 points per game.

Three other players join him in double figures: Bryant Dunston with 13.4, Sebastian Greene with 11.8 and Brenton Butler with 10.5.

On defense, Dunston leads the way, averaging 7.4 rebounds per game.

Fordham comes off two straight losses to Texas A & M and the College of Charleston.

Both teams stymied the Rams’ otherwise potent offense.

In each game, Fordham failed to score more than 70 points, which it had done in six out of its first eight games.

Versus Charleston, the Rams gave up some big momentum swings and shot poorly from the field – only 39.1 percent.

At one point, Fordham allowed Charleston to go on a 15-4 run.

If the Rams go cold like that on Thursday, the Stags must take advantage.

To win, Fairfield must build off its solid win versus Canisius on Dec. 10th.

Despite losing by 19 at one time in the first half, the Stags bounced back and notched 75 points to win 75-64.

Fairfield had tons of key baskets from its sharpshooters, but it also benefited from strong drives to the hole.

Guards and big men alike pounded inside, pressuring Canisius and drawing fouls in the process.

Devin Johnson left the game early with a shoulder injury, but multiple Stags stepped up—a key ingredient to success in the long-haul.

Fairfield will need contributions from up and down the lineup to be in contention versus the Rams.

Coming into Thursday’s game, senior Mike Van Schaick leads the squad with 11.8 points per game.

Senior Marty O’Sullivan continues to lead the team on the boards, averaging 5.9 rebounds per game.

-Frank Romano

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