FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Fairfield University Stags men’s basketball team and head coach Sydney Johnson begin their 2015-16 campaign with a three-game road trip.
The Stags face the No. 1-ranked University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the middle game of the swing on Sunday, Nov. 15, in Chapel Hill, N.C. The game starts at 4 p.m. and ESPNU will televise.
Bob Heussler is delivering the play-by-play for his 27th consecutive season on WVOF Radio, 88.5 FM, the flagship station for Stags Basketball. Fairfield hoops great Joe DeSantis is providing expert analysis.
On the heels of the Stags opening day loss Nov. 13 to the Yale University Bulldogs, 70-57, Fairfield travels to Dean E. Smith Center for its encounter against the Tar Heels, who are coming off a 26-12 season. The Tar Heels are five-time NCAA champions, and have made 46 tournament appearances.
Fairfield is paced by senior forward Marcus Gilbert last season’s leading scorer with 16.4 ppg and two-time MAAC Rookie of the Week Tyler Nelson (10.2 ppg) to lead the scoring attack. The Stags have a roster filled with experience, including five student-athletes who started 13 or more games in Gilbert and Mike Kirkland with 31 starts apiece, followed by Nelson (27 starts), Amadou Sidibe (22 starts) and Jerome Segura (13 starts).
Sidibe was the Stags’ top rebounder with 6.8 per game, while Segura posted 64 assists in his 30 appearances as a rookie, best among returning student-athletes. Kirkland added support on both sides of the court, placing third in scoring (7.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.0 rpg). Senior Coleman Johnson finished third in the MAAC with 1.5 blocks per game and led the team with 41 rejections in 28 games.
Following Sunday’s game, the Stags will fly to Northwestern University in Illinois for a Nov. 18 match up, then back to Fairfield to take on Sacred Heart University. For more information or to purchase tickets, see the Stags website .
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