Loyola-Maryland (13-6) at Fairfield (10-9)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, January 21, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Webster Bank Arena (9,000) -- Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Television: None. Home Record: Loyola 8-2, Fairfield 2-2. Away Record: Loyola
2-4, Fairfield 5-7. Neutral Record: Loyola 3-0, Fairfield 3-0. Conference
Record: Loyola 5-2, Fairfield 2-5. Series Record: Fairfield leads, 36-18.
GAME NOTES: A couple of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference programs complete
their season series on Monday night, as the Fairfield Stags host the
Greyhounds of Loyola-Maryland at Webster Bank Arena.
Since that first meeting of the season a little over a week ago, the Stags
have gone on to push their current losing streak to four in a row. The latest
setback for Fairfield was an 84-72 decision versus Iona on the road this past
Friday night. With the defeat, the Stags are now just 2-5 in conference play.
Heading in the other direction, the Greyhounds have won four of their last
five outings, thanks in part to a 72-58 victory against Marist last Thursday
night. The team is also closer to the top of the MAAC standings as well with a
Ten days ago, these squads clashed at Reitz Arena in Baltimore where the hosts
finally came away with a 63-58 victory in overtime, but still the Stags own a
36-18 advantage in the all-time series. Loyola's Erik Etherly led all scorers
with 20 points, followed by Dylon Cormier with 19 and seven boards, while
Fairfield was paced by Josip Mikulic with 16 points off the bench. Keith
Matthews recorded a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 boards.
Against Marist last week, the Greyhounds followed the lead set by Cormier who
tallied 19 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the floor, which also included 2-of-2
behind the 3-point line in the double-digit win. Etherly accounted for 14
points, Julius Brooks 12 and five boards off the bench in just 16 minutes,
while Anthony Winbush dropped in another 10 points in a reserve role for the
hosts. The Greyhounds have had a different leading scorer in each of the last
three games, but for the most part the squad can always count on Cormier to be
a main contributor now that he is averaging 17.4 ppg. Etherly is responsible
for another 15.4 ppg and is one of the top rebounders with 6.6 per game,
trailing only Winbush who is closing in on seven per contest. Defensively,
this group is holding the opposition to just 60.9 ppg as those teams convert a
mere 27.3 percent out on the perimeter.
Derek Needham came alive for the Stags in their latest outing, scoring 26
points on 6-of-11 shooting behind the 3-point line, but the team still
suffered the road loss at Iona nonetheless. Maurice Barrow and Marcus Gilbert
both dropped in 12 points, the latter clearing nine rebounds which was second
only to Amadou Sidibe who captured 11 boards and registered six points before
picking up his fifth personal foul. Through 19 games, the Stags have only one
player scoring in double figures, as Needham drops in 14.1 ppg, but his is
shooting just 39.9 percent from the floor and 33.6 percent beyond the arc at
the moment. Of the team's 110 conversions on the outside, 46 have been made by
Needham. Desmond Wade (6.8 ppg) has come off the bench the majority of the
time for Fairfield, but that hasn't stopped him from handing out a team-best
With the team's offensive options limited much of the time, the Stags will not
be able to get by if they try to ride Needham too hard.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Maryland 68, Fairfield 61
01/21 10:41:51 ET
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