BASKETBALL WINS 14TH IN A ROW OVER FAIRFIELD TUESDAY, 82-62
BRIDGEPORT, CT- Monmouth put four players in double figures and held Fairfield to 28 second half points in winning its 14th game in a row at Webster Bank Arena Tuesday night, 82-62. The Hawks hit 13 three-pointers and assisted on 17 of 30 made field goals.
With a 12-point advantage coming out of the half, and Fairfield only briefly cut it to 11, the closest they would get. MU held the Stags to 25.8% shooting in the second half and steadily expanded the lead to as many as 20, the eventual final margin.
MU immediately opened a nine-point lead less than five minutes in, but Fairfield trimmed that to as little as one on two Tyler Nelson foul shots at 3:56. From there, the Hawks went on an 11-0 run, including a pair of triples from Louie Pillari (Tinton Falls, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy). The teams traded long balls in the final minute and MU took a 12-point lead into the locker room.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Right now I got a bunch of seniors and a bunch of kids who are playing at a high level, sharing the ball so what I’ve been trying to do is truly get out of their way. I told them how they know each other right now and how they can get each other shots and that’s what happened tonight.” –head coach King Rice
“I had six assists, Justin had five and Je’lon had four so we were moving the ball well and creating shots.” –sophomore guard Micah Seaborn
“This is the first time in a while that myself, Micah and Je’lon were clicking and if we can keep carrying this momentum I feel like we could be pretty dangerous.” -senior guard Justin Robinson
-Justin Robinson reached the 1,900 point mark with a pair of first half foul shots, the second Hawk ever to reach that mark.
-Four Hawks reached double digits for the second time in three games.
-Je’lon Hornbeak has scored 10+ points in seven games in a row.
-Monmouth has won seven in a row over Fairfield, and have now swept six MAAC teams this season.
-The Hawks have 14 straight wins, the third longest streak nationally.
-Robinson made six field goals and now has 604 in his career, passing John Giraldo to move into second all-time.
-Brady grabbed five rebounds, including the 600th of his career.
-Robinson’s 34 minutes moved him past William Lewis into fifth all-time in minutes played.
-Louie Pillari hit two threes in a game for the first time in his career.
-MU hit nine triples in the opening half and 13 for the game.
-The Blue and White assisted on 12 of 16 baskets in the first 20 minutes, and 17 of 30 in the game.
-MU outrebounded Fairfield 39-33.
-Monmouth outran Fairfield on the fast break 12-2.
-The four Hawks in double digits combined for 64 of Monmouth’s 82 points.
-MU ends the regular season series with Fairfield giving up 51.5 points per game to the Stags.
Monmouth hosts Siena on Friday night on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. Senior night ceremonies will follow the game on the court.