Tag:Fairfield Stags
Posted on: February 24, 2008 12:56 am

Bracket Bustin'!!!!

Okay, folks, the streak is up to six.  In addition, the Fairfield Stags have pulled to within one game of .500, no mean feat given where they were one month ago.  Granted, today's win versus Drexel isn't as impressive as it might have been (no knock, Drexel is just down compared to recent years), but this was a road win against a non-conference opponent.  Additionally, this should keep the momentum going, and increase the confidence of this squad:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Jonathan Han scored all 14 of his points in the second half and added eight assists to lead Fairfield to a 60-51 victory over Drexel on Saturday.

Greg Nero scored 12 points and Herbie Allen had 10 for the Stags (13-14), who have won six straight.

Randy Oveneke had 12 points for the Dragons (11-18), who lost for the third time in four games.

Marty O'Sullivan's layup with 15:37 remaining capped an 8-0 run and gave the Stags their largest lead of the game, 39-29.


Interestingly, the top five teams in the MAAC all won their "Bracket Buster" games, although it looks like all of the games were much closer than this one.  Look, I'll be the first to admit that the MAAC is a small-time conference, where getting to the tournement is the big thing (though occasionally the team that represents does make it interesting!).  But hey, having each of the top five teams in the MAAC win their out-of-conference game today certainly can't hurt their overall ranking. 

So, here it is - each team has two conference games left, then the MAAC Tourney.  The Stags are assured of a first round bye, but it'd be nice to move up from the five slot.  It's a log-jam at the top, but the Stags are one game behind four teams, on the outside looking in.  They have a winnable (but by no means automatic) game at home against the Manhattan Jaspers, then go on the road to Rider, one of the teams ahead of them.  It seems a miracle would be needed for Fairfield to take the number one seed, but it would be nice to roll into the tournament having won eight in a row, including another win against a top team in the conference.  However, the most important thing is that they keep playing well.  They do that, anything can happen.

Go Stags!!!

Posted on: February 19, 2008 12:09 am


Okay, y'all, here dey come!  In a double-overtime thriller, Jonathan Han scores the game winner with 11.5 seconds left, elevating the Fairfield Stags to a 87-85 victory.  In this contest, the Stags actually led at the half, but still had to make (yet another) late run to send the game to OT.  Win the win, Fairfield goes to 10-6 in the MAAC.  In a bizarre standings scenario, a 10-6 record only gets you fifth place, out of ten teams, at this point in the season - four teams are tied for first with a record on 11-5.

Still, the win gives Fairfield their fifth in a row, keeps the momentum going, and sets them up for a possible match-up against a lower ranked team in their first round conference tournament game.  Nothing, however, is written in stone at this point, except for a winning MAAC record.  They've got three games left, including two conference tilts.  Win those two (a tall order, with one of those two games being at Rider, who will be out for blood), and they've got a shot (albeit a small one) at the top spot.  That, however, would require a number of upsets, with four teams still ahead of the Stags.  Also psychologically important (for me, anyway), is that the Stags are creeping toward a .500 overall record.  I know, I know, cartwheels...still, compared to where this team was earlier in the year, I'll take it. 

Again, still a ways to go.  For now, though, just keep enjoying the ride, and hope it lasts...

Posted on: February 17, 2008 2:53 am

MAAC Fever - Catch it!!!

I know this is probably old news to all real college basketball fans, since it happened several hours ago and you were all likely tuned in throughout, but for those of you trapped in a blizzard, or receiving life-saving surgery, the Fairfield Stags knocked off Rider tonight, 88-76.

Yep, a convincing win that does two things.  First, by knocking off the number one team in the MAAC, the Stags send a message to Rider and the rest of the top teams in the conference that they can play with the big boys (relatively speaking, of course!) come (conference) tournament time.  Second, the Stags move to 9-6 in the conference, all but clinching that all-important first round bye. 

Fairfield recently got Mamadou Diakhate back from an injury, and according to one news article, his return gave the Stags a swagger that was missing while he was injured.  Apparently that was the case tonight, as Fairfield stormed back from a three point halftime deficit to outscore Rider by 15 in the 2nd half.  In fact, Mamadou Diakhate hit two late threes that gave Fairfield a lead they never relinquished.  With games against Marist and Rider (at their joint) still on tap, the top-loaded MAAC still has plenty of time to see some shifting in the standings.  Overall, Fairfield has now won four in a row.

It has been a long, long, long, long time since Fairfield has made it to the dance, and what has been more frustrating has been so few teams with a legit chance to win the MAAC (since I graduated in 1991).  I certainly don't expect regular conference titles, but I'd like to be in the hunt more times than not.  Right now, it seems like things are coming together for the team to make a run.  Gosh, I hope so. 

Go Stags!!!!!

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