GAME DAY: vs. FAIRFIELD (JAN. 23, 7 P.M.); ESPN3
Game 20 • ESPN3
Monmouth (9-10, 3-5 MAAC) vs.
Fairfield (4-15, 1-7 MAAC)
• Thursday, January 23, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.
• West Long Branch, N.J. • the MAC
• Broadcast: ESPN3
Doug Sherman (play-by-play)
Rob Kennedy (color)
• Radio (Shore Sports Network):
WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310
Eddy Occhipinti (play-by-play)
Matt Harmon (color)
• Radio (WMCX):
Mike Zimmermann (play-by-play)
Mike Heyer (color)
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Monmouth-Fairfield Series History:
• Thursday night's meeting between the Hawks and Stags will be the third match-up all-time, but the first between the two institutions as conference opponents.
• Fairfield owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series, defeating the Hawks in back-to-back seasons in 1994-95 and 1995-96.
BLUE & WHITE BITS:
• Third-year Monmouth head coach King Rice guides the Hawks into their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 2013-14. The Hawks, who spent 26 seasons in the NEC, captured four league titles in the NEC and secured four NCAA Tournament berths (1996, 2001, 2004, 2006).
• Rice has guided his team against five nationally-ranked teams since taking over the Monmouth program to start the 2011-12 campaign.
• With its victory over Binghamton on December 3, 2012, Monmouth posted its 400th Division I win in program history.
• This year’s MU roster features no seniors, four juniors and a total of 12 underclassmen. In addition, the roster includes 14 first- or second-year players in the program. Monmouth's roster features the most freshman of any school in the MAAC.
• At the start of the season, the Hawks featured a total of just nine years of collegiate playing experience on the roster.
• Monmouth's season-opening road win at Hofstra was the program's first road win to open a season in the school's Division I history.
• Behind his 13-point performace at Hofstra, junior Andrew Nicholas eclipsed the 500-point mark in his MU career, and remains the Hawks' leading total point scorer on the roster, while classmate Max DiLeo leads the program in career games played.
• The Hawks' 13-point comeback in the win at Hofstra to open the year, eclipsed the highest comeback in any win of last season. Four times last year, MU rallied from seven points down to secure a win. The Hawks have now comeback from double-digit deficits in six of their nine wins this year (deficits of 13, 13, 11, 13, 10, 14).
• Freshman Josh James was named the season's first MAAC Rookie of the Week on November 11, 2013. It was Monmouth's first-ever MAAC Basketball Weekly Award. The guard repeated as MAAC Rookie of the Week on December 2.
• Three times this season Monmouth has been featured on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays, as Deon Jones (#3 vs. MVSU), Tyrone O'Garro (#4 vs. Rider) and Andrew Nicholas (#10 vs. Canisisu) were all highlighted.
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