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Fairfield Snaps Men's Basketball Winning Streak
Feb. 12, 2012
BALTIMORE - Fairfield University shot 66.7-percent from the field in the second half and outscored Loyola University Maryland by 13 after halftime, snapping the Greyhounds' seven-game winning streak with a 68-51 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory Sunday afternoon.
The Stags (15-10 overall, 10-4 MAAC) led 31-27 at halftime, and after a Loyola (19-6, 12-3) turnover to start the second half, Ryan Olander hit a 3-pointer 36 seconds in for Fairfield.
Loyola came up empty on its next two possessions, an Olander block on the second started a fast-break capped by a Colin Nickerson layup.
Jordan Latham hit a 17-foot jumper for Loyola to momentarily stem the tide, but Derek Needham then drained a three for the Stags from the top of the perimeter, making it a 10-point game, 39-29.
Erik Etherly made two free throws for Loyola the next trip down the court, trimming Fairfield's lead back to eight, but at 15:10, Maurice Barrow made a pair himself for the Stags, pushing their lead back to double digits for the remainder of the game.
Barrow finished with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
"I told them after the game that it was a game where everything went wrong, and we move on from this," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We kept making the same mistakes, which is extremely frustrating as a coach, but we move on and fix those things."
Fairfield took 24-point leads on two occasions, the final time coming on a Colin Nickerson free throw with 3:39 to go.
Rakim Sanders led Fairfield with 13 points, and Needham had 12 to go with Olander's 11.
Etherly and Robert Olson each scored 17 points to lead all scorers. Olson knocked down three first-half 3-pointers in four possessions for nine of his points. He finished the game 3-of-4 from behind the arc to mark his 11th-straight game with two or more treys.
The Greyhounds are back in action on Wednesday night, February 15, when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to take on Marist College at 7 p.m.