Boxscore
Connecticut 79, Fairfield 71
Thursday, December 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Location - XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Officials - Michael Stephens, Gene Steratore, Earl Walton
Attendance - 13821

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Fairfield 26 45 71
Connecticut 46 33 79

Recap


Shabazz Napier led the way with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists as No. 9 Connecticut survived a late charge from visiting Fairfield to secure a 79-71 victory on Thursday.

Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and Andre Drummond collected 16 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (10-1), who have won 65 straight games against fellow schools from Connecticut.

The Huskies dominated the first half, using a 26-9 run to take control and cruising into the break with a 46-26 edge.

Fairfield slowly chipped away in the second half, using a 3-pointer from Rakim Sanders to pull within 65-59 with 5:47 left. The momentum seemed to be fully in the Stags’ favor a minute later, when Ryan Olander dunked over his young brother, Huskies forward Tyler, keeping it a two-possession game.

Fairfield had a chance to cut it to one point, but Sanders missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:39 left. Connecticut made them pay, when Ryan Boatright came down and buried a 3-pointer. Another missed jumper for Fairfield and a transition dunk by Lamb pushed it to 77-69 with 49 seconds to play.

Sanders finished with 20 points and eight boards to lead the Stags (7-5).

Fairfield Stags

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Derek Needham 34:00 4-11 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 2 1 0 12
Maurice Barrow 27:00 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 3 1 1 1 0 4
Rakim Sanders 37:00 8-17 2-5 2-3 1 6 7 2 2 1 4 0 20
Ryan Olander 34:00 4-12 0-1 0-0 3 5 8 0 2 0 1 2 8
Desmond Wade 18:00 4-7 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 4 0 2 0 10
Jamel Fields 16:00 0-1 0-1 3-4 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 3
Adam Jones 9:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sean Crawford 19:00 4-8 4-6 2-2 2 1 3 0 4 1 1 0 14
Colin Nickerson 6:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 26-64 12-27 7-9 9 18 27 17 16 6 12 2 71
  40.6% 44.4% 77.8% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 12

Connecticut Huskies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Shabazz Napier 38:00 7-10 2-3 8-9 2 4 6 5 1 2 1 0 24
Andre Drummond 35:00 8-10 0-0 0-0 1 8 9 0 1 4 3 2 16
Roscoe Smith 18:00 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 2 1 3
Alex Oriakhi 21:00 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 4
Jeremy Lamb 38:00 7-9 3-4 1-2 0 3 3 0 3 1 2 0 18
Ryan Boatright 27:00 2-8 1-1 5-6 2 5 7 5 0 1 2 0 10
Tyler Olander 16:00 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 0 2
DeAndre Daniels 6:00 0-1 0-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Niels Giffey 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 28-52 7-11 16-21 7 27 34 12 9 9 12 4 79
  53.8% 63.6% 76.2% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 12
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