Monday, December 15, 2008

Random Fairfield Notes

A few quick notes during a break from studying for exams.

Anthony 'Peanut' Johnson named Co-MAAC Player of the Week

Johnson and Manhattan's Chris Smith, were named the MAAC Players of the Week after a 2-0 week for Fairfield and a Jaspers win over Princeton in which Smith scored a career-high.

Johnson, a 6-8 forward, averaged 11.5 points per game and 14.5 rebounds in the Stags victories over Fordham and Drexel. Peanut grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in Fairfield's win over Drexel this past Sunday, also scoring 14 points. Against the Rams last Thursday he scored nine points and ripped down 13 boards.

Smith, brother of the Denver Nuggets' guard J.R. Smith, scored a career-high 35 points in the Jaspers win over Princeton in what could be a breakout game. Coming into the season I expected Smith to be one of the top players in the MAAC. He had a great end to last season and is the go to player for the Jaspers, who are 5-3 overall this season and 1-1 in conference.

Stags earn votes again in Mid-Major Top 25

For the second straight week the Stags earned votes in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll, earning 72 votes, putting them in 27th place. Fairfield is trailing Niagara, who earned 90 votes to place 26th.

-Tom Cleary

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