Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Fight for Fairfield: FU/SHU

Welcome to Mirror Online's coverage of tonight's game between the Sacred Heart Pioneers (0-3) and your Fairfield Stags. Tonight marks the first time in program history that the Stags have taken on Sacred Heart. We're expecting a full, raucous crowd for the men's game here - something we haven't been able to see since last season's finale in the MAAC tournament against Loyola (Md.)

Here's a quick look:

  • The Stags got their first win of the season last Thursday nigh in D.C. against American University. After trailing by six at half, the Stags went on a 14-o run to start the second half. Greg Nero led the way with 15 points - with 13 of those coming in a dominant second half performance. Head Coach Ed Cooley stressed the importance of Nero and forward Anthony Johnson to the team's success this season. Jon Han also tallied 15 in the W.
  • The last time we saw Fairfield on the court at Harbor Yard - Jon Han had a bloody nose, the Stags were undisciplined, Cooley was about to have an anyurism and the refs' calls, and Holy Cross came out on top. Has FU learned its lesson? Time will tell.
  • Sacred Heart is 0-3, with their most recent loss a 70-55 game against the University of Hrtford. The team opens it's season with five of their first six games on the road. It's a significant stat in that the team was 11-2 last season on its home court, the Pitt Center on campus.
  • Harbor Yard is expecting a near sellout tonight, we've got both pep bands, both mascots, t-shirts and towels. It's about as cool as an atmosphere as we've seen in a long time at Harbor Yard. Cooley may say it's just another game on the schedule, but the community is excited and the players on both sides will feel off of it.
  • FU: White. SHU: Red. That's the tale of the tape tonight - on the court and in the stands.
  • Stag vs. Big Red Showdown? Doubtful. But the two will definitely butt heads on the court.
  • Pre-game Meal: tacos and Mexicali rice. Ole. Although I'm a little nervous about the after affects.
Starting Lineups:
  • SHU: F #4 Corey Hassan; F #44 Brice Brooks; C #32 Liam Potter; G #50 Drew Shubik; G #22 Chauncey Hardey; head coach Dave Bike (30th season)
  • FU: F #22 Warren Edney; F #44 Greg Nero; C #32 Anthony Johnson; G #3 Jon Han; G #4 Yorel Hawkins; head coach Ed Cooley (second season)
More to come

- K.C.

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