College Basketball Roundup

December 31, 2016


PHILADELPHIA — AJ Brodeur scored a career-high 27 points with 10 rebounds, Matt Howard scored 19 on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine boards and University of Pennsylvania beat Fairfield on Friday.

Brodeur, who made 12 of 18 from the field, scored 20 in the second half.

Howard and Brodeur scored five points apiece during an 11-2 run that made it 50-46 with 13 minutes to go and Penn (6-5) led the rest of the way.

Howard converted a 3-point play and Jackson Donahue hit a 3-pointer during an 8-2 run that gave the Quakers a 58-50 lead with 8:46 remaining. The Stags pulled within three with five minutes left, but would get no closer as Brodeur answered with a 3-point play and Jackson Donahue hit another 3 to make it 69-60 with 1:49 to play.

Tyler Nelson hit five 3-pointers and led Fairfield (5-5) with 21 points. Jerry Johnson Jr. scored 13 and Curtis Cobb added 11 points. The trio, however, combined to make just 14 of 48 (29 percent) from the field. Amadou Sidibe grabbed 14 rebounds.


WALTHAM, Mass. — The Purple Knights squandered a five-point halftime lead in a non-league loss to the Falcons.

Bridgeport (7-5) led 43-38 at halftime, but Bentley (5-7) shot 50 percent (12 for 24) in the second half to come away with the win. Brandon Wheeler scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and added 15 rebounds and Zach Gilpin scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Falcons.

Four players reached double-figure scoring for the Purple Knights, led by Kyle Benjamin’s double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds). Rakim Lesane added 13 points off the bench and Carlos DeJesus and Marc Campbell chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss for Bridgeport.


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Maura Fitzpatrick scored a game-high 24 points, including 12 straight points in the second quarter, to lead the Red Foxes in a MAAC matchup against the Stags.

Fairfield (4-8, 1-2 MAAC) was held to just seven points in the first quarter and trailed by 15 at the half.

Kelsey Carey scored a game-high 18 points for the Stags, including 12 of the team’s first 14 points. Casey Smith also reached double figures in scoring with 13 points for Fairfield.

Marist’s record improved to 5-8 overall and 2-1 in the league.