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William S. Paxton covers local college sports for Connecticut Post and the Hearst Media Group.
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Breakfast with the Stags (contenders again?)

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The Stags got off to a good start on a critical week by beating Manhattan at home 60-54. However, they can’t enjoy the win very long with a rematch against Loyola, Md. set for Sunday on the road – especially if the Stags lose guard Dez Wade (hamstring) for an extended period of time. HE’S […] [Read More]

Breakfast with the Stags (Streaking Stags)

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The Stags extended their win streak to three games with a 64-56 victory over Siena on Sunday at the Webster Bank Arena. Next up for Fairfield (13-10, 8-4 MAAC) is a rematch with Manhattan at 7:30 Thursday night at the WBA. Here are some notes and quotes from Sunday’s game: REMAIN CALM, ALL IS WELL: […] [Read More]

Mihalich still confident in Stags

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A few notebook items off Tuesday’s MAAC teleconference: HIGH REGARD: The Fairfield Stags might be 6-4 in the MAAC and alone in fourth place, but Friday’s opponent at Webster Bank Arena – the Niagara Purple Eagles – are not taking them lightly. “Everybody is a little surprised,” Niagara coach Joe Mihalich said.  “But they have […] [Read More]

Breakfast with the Stags (Magic of making shots)

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Some leftover news and notes from the Stags’ 81-53 win over Marist on Sunday for you to enjoy Monday morning while waiting for news of Fairfield’s Bracket Buster opponent and date for the rematch with Marist. Also, a new Sit down with Sydney should be up Monday night. FOLLOW THE LEADER: Sacred Heart coach Dave […] [Read More]

Deadly fire postpones Fairfield-Marist game

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The Fairfield men’s basketball team’s game against Marist Sunday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. has been postponed. Marist College announced the decision after two students were killed in an off-campus fire early Saturday morning. “Out of respect for the students affected by this tragedy, the College is postponing the men’s basketball game on Sunday and the women’s […] [Read More]

Sit Down with Sydney (a little bit of everything)

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After the Fairfield Stags ended a three-game losing skid with a 61-52 win over Rider on Monday night, coach Sydney Johnson was cautiously optimistic about his ball club. In addition to discussing that, we also chatted this week about Vince Van Nes’ future, the hard-working Keith Matthews, Ryan Olander’s foul woes of late and the […] [Read More]

Sit down with Sydney (Stags in a crisis?)

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This week’s conversation with Fairfield men’s basketball coach Sydney Johnson includes the two-game losing streak in the MAAC, the offensive woes, Desmond Wade, Vincent Van Nes’ status (he will either return or red-shirt with answer coming by Friday) and a few other random things. NOTE: The Stags’ game against Loyola has been moved to 9 […] [Read More]

Sit down with Sydney (It’s all about the MAAC now)

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The Fairfield men’s basketball team opened the 2012 portion of its schedule with a 72-54 victory over Canisius on Sunday at the Webster Bank Arena. Entering Monday night, the Stags were 3-0 in the MAAC and in first place. Among the topics I cover with coach Sydney Johnson this week are: a look at the […] [Read More]

Breakfast with the Stags (Starting strong in the MAAC)

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The Fairfield Stags snapped a two-game losing skid Sunday with a 72-54 win over Canisius to improve to 3-0 in MAAC play this season. Here’s a further look at the victory. IMPACT PLAYER: Senior Ryan Olander only scored five points in the win, but had a big hand in the victory nonetheless doing other things. […] [Read More]
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Breakfast with the Stags (Growing Up)

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Some Fairfield Stag leftovers from Thursday night’s 79-71 loss to UConn in front of 13,821 fans at the XL Center. SO CLOSE, BUT SO FAR AWAY: For a half, the Stags looked like the best team on the floor against the defending national champs. For half, the Stags looked like the worst team on the […] [Read More]