Marist (5-14) at Fairfield (10-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Webster Bank Arena (10,000) -- Bridgeport, Connecticut. Television: ESPN3. Home Record: Marist 3-4, Fairfield 2-3. Away Record: Marist 1-8, Fairfield 5-7. Neutral Record: Marist 1-2, Fairfield 3-0. Conference Record: Marist 2-6, Fairfield 2-6. Series Record: Fairfield leads, 27-20.
GAME NOTES: The Marist Red Foxes take aim at the reeling Fairfield Stags as the two teams meet in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tilt at Webster Bank Arena.
This will be the 48th meeting in history between these school on the hardwood. Fairfield leads the all-time series, 27-20.
The Red Foxes snapped an eight-game losing streak on Saturday with a 59-48 victory over Saint Peter's at home. Marist's victory improved it to 5=14 overall and 2-6 in the MAAC standings. Chavaughn Lewis tallied 19 points and Adam Kemp pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds in the contest as Marist enjoyed a sizeable, 43-30 edge in the rebounding battle to overcome its 9- of-18 showing at the free throw line. For the game, Marist outshot Saint Peter's 47.9 percent (23-48) to 25.9 (14-54) from the field and 50.0 (4-8) to 11.1 (2-18) from three-point range. The Red Foxes coasted to the win by hitting 50 percent of their field goal tries over the final 20 minutes of play.
Lewis and Devin Price are tied for the team scoring lead with 14.6 ppg apiece. None of the other Red Foxes are scoring in double-figures consistently, but Kemp is pulling down 8.1 boards per tilt, which is the third highest average in the MAAC. Marist is in the bottom half of the conference in scoring offense (62.7), scoring defense (70.4), and rebounding margin (-5.9).
Fairfield comes in with a 10-10 overall record, but the team has lost its last five games to fall to 2-6 in conference play. The Stags dropped a 65-60 decision at home to Loyola-Maryland on Monday after they allowed the Greyhounds to sink 50 percent of their field goal attempts. Fairfield has played the majority of its games away from home this season, and enters this matchup with a 2-3 record in Webster Bank Arena. Senior point guard Derek Needham is the only player on the Stags with a double-digit scoring average (14.5 ppg). Needham has been on fire as of late, scoring 49 points on 16-of-30 shooting from the field over his past two outings. Needham enters tonight's game with 496 career assists, needing four more to become the fifth student- athlete in school history to reach 500 career assists.
The Stags could have very well taken down Loyola had they not submitted an 18- of-27 showing at the charity stripe and committed 14 turnovers to just nine assists. Amadou Sidibe recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to join Needham in double figures in the affair, but none of the other Stags managed to net more than seven points. Fairfield is the second best team in the MAAC defensively with an allowed average of only 62.3 ppg, but it is in the middle of the road offensively with only 63.2 ppg.
Fairfield is due for a win in this one. Needham's hot streak on the offensive end paired with the team's strong defensive capabilities should be enough to fend off the Red Foxes, who have consistently struggled all year long.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fairfield 68, Marist 63
01/24 10:33:02 ET