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.