Penn (1-1) vs. Fairfield (1-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) - Charlottesville,
Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 1-0, Fairfield 0-0. Away Record:
Penn 0-0, Fairfield 0-1. Neutral Record: Penn 0-1, Fairfield 0-1. Conference
Record: Penn 0-0, Fairfield 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: A first-ever meeting between the Penn Quakers and the Fairfield
Stags is on tap in Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, as the two teams compete in
the South Regional Championship Round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at John Paul
The Quakers barely slipped by UMBC in the season opener on Friday, 80-75, at
home in The Palestra so it only made sense that the squad would have some
trouble with the Delaware Blue Hens in Charlottesville on Monday. As it turned
out, Penn didn't stand a chance versus the Hens as the squad suffered an 84-69
setback at JPJ Arena.
Meanwhile, the Stags were another team that came out somewhat flat in their
opening game of 2012-13 as well, needing overtime to take down Central
Connecticut State, 64-63, as part of the Connecticut 6 Classic at the
University of Hartford over the weekend. Against host Virginia, the Fairfield
offense faltered in a 54-45 loss on Monday.
The Quakers were paced by Fran Dougherty who dropped in a game-high 21 points,
shooting 6-of-8 from the field and 7-of-11 at the free-throw line on Monday,
but it wasn't enough as the Ivy League program suffered the double-digit loss
against Delaware. Miles Cartwright tacked on 20 points and five assists before
picking up his fifth personal foul. Penn led by as many as five points in the
first half as the team shot a solid 50.0 percent from the floor, but the squad
also struggled at the free-throw line, 7-of-16, which allowed the Hens to take
a 43-35 advantage at the break. Penn turned the ball over a total of 18 times
in the outing and lost the battle of the boards, 47-24. In the season-opening
win against UMBC, Cartwright was the leader there with 21 points on 6-of-11
shooting from the floor, while reserve Patrick Lucas-Perry added 15.0 ppg.
Dougherty wasn't nearly as productive in the scoring department in the first
game, posting just nine points, but he did clear 11 rebounds.
Fairfield actually led by two points at intermission against the Cavaliers on
Monday, thanks in part to 6-of-11 shooting behind the three-point line and
52.2 percent from the field overall. But the second half was a completely
different story as the squad made good on just 5-of-24 (.208) from the field
and 1-of-10 on the perimeter, en route to the nine-point loss. Josip Mikulic
was responsible for 13 points and seven rebounds, followed by Derek Needham
and Desmond Wade with 10 points apiece as the duo also cleared a combined 10
rebounds and handed out eight assists. The Stags were outscored at the charity
stripe, 14-4. In the first game of the campaign the Stags had trouble
controlling the ball, turning it over 19 times, but the squad made up for that
to a degree with a 42-29 rebounding edge and a defensive effort which held
CCSU to just 37,3 percent shooting from the floor.
Fairfield has the potential to come out on top in this meeting, but if the
Quakers are able to slow the tempo and dictate the pace of the contest, Penn
could be in store for a positive outcome.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fairfield 61, Penn 58
11/13 10:35:27 ET