Thursday, November 20, 2008

Puerto Rico Game One:

With 12:36 remaining in the game it looked like Fairfield had a chance to pull off a major upset over Virginia Tech, a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. But after the Hokies knocked down a three-pointer to go up 54-47, the Stags failed to score for the next five minutes.

By then there was 7:11 left in the game and Virginia Tech had expanded its lead to 60-49 and taken control of the game. Fairfield shot poorly from the field and the short turn-around from the Stags Tuesday night game against Sacred Heart clearly had a negative effect on the Stags.

That spelled the end for the Stags as they went on to lose to the Hokies 74-57.

Sophomore forward Warren Edney, who had been one of Fairfield's best players for its first two games, averaging 19 points, was just 3-for-11 from the floor and scored only eight points. Senior guard Jon Han also struggled scoring just five points and turning the ball over multiple times.

The lone bright spot for the Stags was senior guard Herbie Allen who handled the pressure well and finished with 11 points, with four assists, but all 11 points came in the first half. Junior forwards Greg Nero (team-high 13 points, six rebounds) and Anthony Johnson (10 points, five rebounds) were also solid.

The Stags could not shut down the Hokies duo of A.D. Vassalo (24 points) and Jeff Allen (18 points). Meanwhile Fairfield's top two scorers combined for just 14 points.

As a team Fairfield shot 35.7 percent from the floor and were 7-for-26 from three.

With the loss Fairfield drops to 1-2 on the season heading into its second game in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament, which will be played against either Missouri or Xavier, depending on the outcome of the next game in San Juan.

For a preview of that game and more on the Stags, continue to visit the Mirror Sports Blog.

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