LIVE BLOG: FDU Men’s Basketball Against Fairfield

FDU holds on for the win, 69-65, over non-conference Fairfield on the road this afternoon. The Knights improve to 2-6 on the season and will go on break until Jan. 3, 2021 against non-conference Manhattan College at 2 p.m..

Against Fairfield, Rush had a career-high 28 points with seven three-pointers as Jenkins added 13 points. Square Jr. had nine points and six rebounds as Williams added seven points and seven rebounds.

Wojcik led the Stags with 12 as Benning and Leach scored 11 each while Green added eight. Fairfield falls to 1-8 on the season with a 1-3 record in the MAAC.

FDU shot 26-54 (48%) from the field, 10-17 (59%) from three, and 7-16 (44%) from the free throw-line.

Fairfield shot 24-60 (40%) from the field, 6-23 (26%) from three, and 11-16 (69%) from the free-throw line.

That will conclude today’s first live blog. Stay tuned for our women’s basketball live blog at 7 p.m. as FDU takes on Saint Peter’s University. Thank you to our News Editor Jhoana T. Merino-Martinez for producing the live blog and our Student Lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain for updating Twitter throughout the game.

Have a good rest of your day, everyone!

5:07 p.m.

This was a much-needed win for an FDU, which played without Munden Jr., Racine, and Baker, who were suspended for breaking university protocols, according to game announcers on the broadcast.

4:58 p.m.

Jenkins makes both free throws to extend the FDU lead to 68-65 with 20.9 seconds remaining in the game.

4:56 p.m.

Close game with 33 seconds remaining as Daniel Rodriguez misses a free throw as Green drives and makes a layup to cut the Stags lead to 66-65 with 23.6 seconds remaining in the game.

4:45 p.m.

Williams lays it up and in to extend the FDU lead to 64-57 with three minutes remaining in the game.

4:41 p.m.

Fairfield closes the gap and are within five, 60-55 with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

4:33 p.m.

FDU have a steady lead as they are up 56-48 with nine minutes remaining in the game.

4:15 p.m.

Square Jr. puts it back up and in and draws the foul, but cannot convert the three-point play as FDU has a 45-38 lead with 16:21 remaining in the game.

4:08 p.m.

Rush makes his seventh three-pointer of the game as FDU extend their lead to 39-35 with 19:24 remaining in the game.

3:59 p.m.

At halftime FDU leads 36-33 going into the second half.

Rush leads the Knights with 18 points with his six three-pointers in the first half as Jenkins has six.

Wojcik leads the Stags with 12 points with freshman guard Jalen Leach having eight points off the bench and Benning adding six. 

FDU shot 13-28 (46%) from the field, 8-10 (80%) from three and 2-8 (25%) from the free-throw line.

Fairfield shot 11-30 (37%) from the field, 4-15 (27%) from three and 7-10 (70%) from the free-throw line.

FDU must defend Fairfield from the three and has to limit turnovers in the second half to keep the lead in its favor.

3:52 p.m.

Jenkins drives to the basket and draws the foul and lays it in for the three-point play as he makes the free throw to give FDU a 36-33 lead with 1 minute remaining in the half.

3:45 p.m.

Benning drives and lays it in and draws the foul and gives the Stags the lead 33-31 as he hits the free throw to convert the three-point play.

3:40 p.m.

Jenkins makes a three to extend the FDU lead to 31-26 with 4:11 remaining in the half.

3:32 p.m.

Rush cannot be stopped as he makes his fifth three of the half to give FDU a 25-22 lead with 7:47 remaining in the half. Rush makes his sixth three of the half and is on fire to give FDU a 28-24 lead with 7:04 remaining in the half. Rush has 18 so far.

3:29 p.m.

Rush is on fire and drills his fourth three of the game to tie it back at 22 for FDU with 8:53 remaining in the half. 

3:22 p.m.

Marc Dadika lays it up and in to tie the game at 16 for FDU with 11:34 remaining in the half.

3:20 p.m.

Rush makes his third three of the game to give FDU the lead back 14-13 with 12:48 remaining in the half.

3:19 p.m.

Wojcik nails the jumper to give the Stags a 13-11 lead with 13:35 remaining in the half.

3:12 p.m.

Benning makes the corner three and gives the Stags the lead 9-8 with 15:58 remaining in the half. 

3:11 p.m.

Rush drills the three and extends the Knights’ run to 8-0 and the lead is now 8-3 for the Knights with 17:09 remaining in the half.

3:10 p.m.

Powell steals the ball and gives the Knights the lead, 5-3 with 18:01 remaining in the half.

3:08 p.m.

It has just been announced that freshman guard Joe Munden Jr., freshman forward Pier Olivier-Racine and sophomore guard Callum Baker are suspended for this game. Shocking news for this Knights team as their depth is being tested.

3:00 p.m.

FDU’s starting lineup is Jahlil Jenkins, Brandon Rush, Brandon Powell, John Square Jr. and Elyjah Williams.

Fairfield’s starting lineup is Caleb Green, Taj Benning, Jake Wojcik, Supreme Cook and Zach Crisler.

2:45 p.m.

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to our final men’s basketball live blog of 2020. I am Anthony Covino, the sports editor of the FDU Equinox alongside our News Editor Jhoana T. Merino-Martinez who will be producing today’s live blog. Our student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain will be updating Twitter throughout the game.

FDU will be taking on Fairfield University in their final game of 2020 at Fairfield, Conn., looking to close out the year with a win. 

FDU is off to a 1-6 start with a 1-1 record in the NEC to start off the season. Preseason All-NEC forward Elyjah WIlliams leads the Knights with 15.5 PPG with fellow preseason All-NEC guard Jahlil Jenkins averaging 15 PPG. Sophomore guard Brandon Rush should be back from his one-game suspension and is currently the third-best scorer on the team averaging 13.8 PPG. Freshman and two-time NEC Rookie-of-the-week Joe Munden Jr. is averaging 8.3 PPG for the Knights as well. 

Fairfield is currently 1-7 on the season with a 1-3 record in the MAAC. Taj Benning is their leading scorer with 12.4 PPG with Jake Wojcik averaging 9.5 PPG and Caleb Green averaging 9.3 PPG as well.

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FDU men’s basketball final game before holiday break. Art by Naniyah McClain.

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