Fairfield vs. Manhattan: Full Game Preview

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Fairfield vs. Manhattan: Full Game Preview
Fairfield
(17-12, 8-7 away)
Manhattan
(11-16, 6-5 home)
Venue: Draddy Gymnasium
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 01, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Fairfield D Needham 14.9 A Sidibe 5.9 D Wade 3.8
Manhattan G Beamon 13.4 R Brown 7.1 E Andujar 2.5

On Friday, Manhattan welcomes Fairfield at Draddy Gymnasium. It gets started at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Jaspers beat the Stags 62-40 on Feb. 12 and are 3-8 against them over the last four years.

Manhattan is in seventh place in the conference and trying to catch fifth place Fairfield.

The 14 points by Shane Richards helped the Jaspers to a 65-64 victory over Buffalo on Feb. 23. He is averaging 7.4 points and 2 rebounds per game. For the Stags, Keith Matthews put up 11 points in the 58-50 loss to Albany on Feb. 23. He contributes 3.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 5.9 points per game.

Fairfield StatSmack

  • Manhattan has come back to win after being down at half against Fairfield five times since 1997.
  • Manhattan is better under pressure, and has defeated Fairfield in nine out of the last 17 games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Shane Richards is ranked 6th in the MAAC in three-pointers.
  • Manhattan has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Fairfield (two vs. zero).
  • Manhattan has an average margin of victory of 9 over Fairfield in 38 wins since 1980.
  • Manhattan has a stronger schedule than Fairfield this season (SOS Rank: No. 186 vs. No. 235).
  • Manhattan has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Fairfield ($31,076 vs. $35,161).
  • That must sting. Manhattan has blown out Fairfield by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2003.
  • Boom! Manhattan humiliated Fairfield by 22 points the last time they played (Feb 12, 2013).
  • The Manhattan blocks leader (Rhamel Brown, 81 blocks) has more blocks than the Fairfield blocks leader (Keith Matthews, 21 blocks).
FAIR Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Derek Needham 33 15 3 3 1 0 3
C Maurice Barrow 26 9 4 1 1 1 1
C Amadou Sidibe 22 6 6 0 0 0 1
C Desmond Wade 27 7 3 4 1 0 2
C Colin Nickerson 27 6 4 2 2 0 2
C- Keith Matthews 19 6 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Marcus Gilbert 21 5 3 1 1 1 1
D+ Josip Mikulic 16 5 2 1 0 1 1
D Coleman Johnson 10 2 2 0 0 1 1
D Justin Jenkins 9 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Steve Johnston 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
D- Mike Hyland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MAN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B George Beamon 35 17 6 1 2 0 3
C Rhamel Brown 26 12 7 1 1 3 2
D+ Emmy Andujar 27 8 5 2 1 0 3
D+ M. Alvarado 25 9 3 2 1 0 3
D Shane Richards 21 7 2 1 0 0 1
D RaShawn Stores 23 6 3 2 1 0 2
D Donovan Kates 25 7 3 1 0 0 2
D R. Colonette 17 3 3 0 0 0 1
D- Mohamed Koita 12 3 1 0 1 0 1
D- CJ Jones 12 2 1 1 0 0 1
D- M. Jackson Jr. 9 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Ryan McCoy 10 1 1 1 0 0 1
F Adam Lacey 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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