By Sheldon Gomes
FDU never led in their 72-54 loss to Fairfield.
There weren’t many positives to come away with in the Knights’ loss to the Stags. It seemed like the game was over before it started as Fairfield jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first half of the game. From there the Knights weren’t able to get the game back inside single digits as Fairfield would cruise easily to victory.
This game served to be a stark contrast from the strong offensive starts that we have seen from the Knights recently. FDU could not buy a shot and Fairfield seemed to knock down everything from inside the three point line.
Both teams struggled mightily from three as the Stags went 5-27 (18.5 %) and the Knights somehow finished with a worse 2-15 (13.3%). But the key would be the Stags’ incredible efficiency from two point range as they finished 26-41 (63.4%) from that territory.
Overall, Fairfield finished 31-68 (45.6%) and added five free throws in nine attempts (55.6%).
FDU finished the night shooting 21-58 (36.2%) and connected on ten of their 15 free throws (66.7%).
The Stags saw three players score double digits as Chris Maidoh most notably led his team with 13 points and missed only one shot as he went 6-7 from the floor. Followed by Maidoh was Taj Benning who contributed 12 points and Jake Wojcik who added 11 points.
For the Knights, Pier-Oliver Racine and Oscar Berry were the only players to turn in above 50% shooting performances as Racine finished 5-10 for ten points and Berry finished 4-6 with a three for nine points. Brandon Rush had a tough outing as he was only able to connect on three of his 13 attempts and could not get any of his four three-point attempts to fall.
It was apparent that FDU was missing the presence of one of their top shotmakers, Devon Dunn, who missed another game.
The Knights will look to put this game behind them as they will be heading back on the road to Charlottesville when they face Virginia on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.
FDU hopes to bounce back after loss to Fairfield
Art by Sheldon Gomes