Fairfield University guard Ferron Flavors Jr., has announced that he is leaving the Stags program and will transfer to another school.
Flavors, who lives in Federal Way, Wash., made the announcement official on Tuesday through a twitter account, saying: “First, I would like to thank Coach Johnson and his staff for the opportunity to be a part of a great team and university. After much discussion and prayer with my family, I’ve decided it’s best for my career to transfer elsewhere.
Every season is a journey and Fairfield’s ended Monday night in Albany one step short of the NCAA Tournament with Sydney Johnson’s extraordinary embrace of senior Tyler Nelson.
The moment near the end of the MAAC championship loss to Iona went viral and the long, tearful hug gave the nation its first emotional March reminder of how a team’s fabric and a coach-player relationship grows strong through a long winter of a college basketball.
ALBANY, N.Y. — They came so close.
Heading into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, forward Jonathan Kasibabu said that Fairfield was on a mission, a mission to get Tyler Nelson a championship. And, after victories over Marist, Niagara and Quinnipiac, all that stood in the way of that mission coming to fruition was Iona.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Ferron Flavors Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Tyler Nelson scored 19 points to help Fairfield beat Quinnipiac 74-64 on Sunday night in the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Stags, who have won seven in a row, will play No. 4 seed Iona in the championship game on Monday (7 p.m., ESPN).
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Ferron Flavors Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Tyler Nelson scored 19 points to help Fairfield beat Quinnipiac 74-64 on Sunday night in the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Stags, who have won seven in a row, will play No. 4 seed Iona in the championship game on Monday.
So, if you thought Tyler Nelson, the leading scorer in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season, was ticked off, you’re right. He was.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard from Fairfield University didn’t come out and flat out admit it, but the smirk he wore Saturday night said it all.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tyler Nelson had 27 points and 10 rebounds and No. 6 seed Fairfield jumped out early and cruised to 90-77 victory over third-seeded Niagara on Saturday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal.
Fairfield (16-15) will play seventh-seeded Quinnipiac in a Sunday semifinal.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 28 points with four 3-pointers and five assists and sixth-seeded Fairfield never trailed in beating 11th-seeded Marist 71-57 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
FAIRFIELD — Social media was abuzz and Martin Bahar’s radar quickly picked up on the chatter.
Bahar, an assistant coach at Fairfield University at the time under Sydney Johnson, had heard about this kid from Bradford, Mass. Skinny kid but athletic. Good shooter … no, make that a great shooter. So, he started reading the blogs and checking the websites that focused on high school basketball in the Northeast and in just about every one of these sites, the same kid’s name kept popping up.
Fairfield senior guard Tyler Nelson was selected All-MAAC first team, the league announced Monday. The selection was made by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
Nelson was picked as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year and lived up to the billing during the 2017-18 season. He finished the regular-season by leading the conference in scoring average (21.8 points per game), three pointers per game (3.0), as well as in minutes played (36.3 mpg).
BRIDGEPORT — It took a loss, if you take Sydney Johnson at his word, to jump-start this recent Fairfield regular season ending winning streak.
Fairfield rallies to beat Monmouth 69-66
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 23 points, Jonathan Kasibabu added 20, including a go-ahead layup with 38 seconds left, and fifth-place Fairfield rallied to beat seventh-place Monmouth 69-66 on Saturday in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season finale for both teams.
Fairfield senior guard Tyler Nelson, an 87 percent foul shooter this season, shockingly missed a pair of attempts with 20.9 seconds left and a chance to seal a victory against Siena on Wednesday night.
Given another chance, Nelson didn’t fail again.
Nelson scored 18 points and his two free throws with 10.9 seconds remaining clinched a 70-69 win over the Saints before a paid attendance of 6,924 at Times Union Center.
BRIDGEPORT — Tyler Nelson stands alone.
The senior guard captured a place in Fairfield University history on Saturday, scoring 32 points to become the Stags all-time leading scorer in a 102-98 double-overtime victory over Quinnipiac at the Webster Bank Arena.
“It’s special,” said Nelson, who now has 2,032 career points, passing Tony George (2,006). “I had a lot of family and friends here. It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
Fairfield beats Quinnipiac 102-98 in 2OT; Young sets mark
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 32 points, becoming Fairfield's all-time scoring leader, and the Stags beat Quinnipiac 102-98 in double overtime Saturday, despite a career-high 40 points by Rich Kelly.
BRIDGEPORT — Suffice to say, Fairfield needed this one.
After being blasted in back-to-back games by Niagara and Canisius in Buffalo over the weekend, the Stags were staring straight at a possible MAAC tournament play-in game. And Fairfield went into Thursday’s meeting against Marist at the Webster Bank Arena needing a late surge to possibly finish at .500 in the conference and create some positive momentum heading toward March Madness.
Nelson scores 29, Fairfield holds off Marist 83-79
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 29 points with three 3-pointers, Ferron Flavors Jr. added 16 points with four 3s and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Fairfield held off Marist 83-79 on Thursday night to end a two-game skid.
Jesus Cruz scored 10 points with four assists for the Stags (11-15, 6-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who made 11 3-pointers and shot 45 percent from the field. Jerome Segura had three steals and made two assists for his 400th career assist.
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Canisius ties for 1st in MAAC with 81-63 win over Fairfield
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jermaine Crumpton had 21 points and 10 rebounds on Monday night and Canisius pulled away early in the second half for an 81-63 win over Fairfield.
The Golden Griffins (18-9, 12-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) won their fifth straight and pulled even with Rider for first place in the conference standings.
Niagara pulls away in second half, beats Fairfield 95-83
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Kahlil Dukes scored 22 points, Marvin Prochet and Matt Scott each had double-doubles and Niagara pulled away in the second half to beat Fairfield 95-83 on Saturday.
Prochet and Scott had 19 points and 11 rebounds apiece, while Dukes added six boards and four assists. Keleaf Tate had 10 points for Niagara (17-10, 10-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
BRIDGEPORT — The hard work is finally starting to pay off.
They took their lumps early, battling through a non-conference schedule rated as the 38th toughest in the NCAA. But now, the Fairfield Stags are starting to see the results flip over to the positive side of the ledger as the MAAC schedule heads into the home stretch.
Nelson, Flavors hit 4 3s each; Fairfield beats Siena 78-65
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson hit four 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and Ferron Flavors Jr. scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half to help Fairfield beat Siena 78-65 on Monday night for its third win in a row.
Nelson moved past Joe DeSantis (1975-79) into second on Fairfield's career scoring list with 1,941 points and coach Sydney Johnson earned his 100th win with the Stags.
Nelson scores 32, Fairfield beats Iona 103-100 in OT
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 32 points and Aidas Kavaliauskas had a double-double to help Fairfield beat Iona 103-100 in overtime on Monday night.
Nelson, who made 7 of 8 free throws in overtime, has four games with at least 30 points this season. He moved into third on Fairfield's career scoring list with 1,888 points.
Young, Robinson help Quinnipiac beat Fairfield 75-70
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Cameron Young had 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists and Andrew Robinson scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to help Quinnipiac beat Fairfield 75-70 on Saturday.
Abdulai Bundu had 12 points and 10 rebounds — his first double-double of the season — Isaiah Washington scored 11 points and Jacob Rigoni 10 for Quinnipiac (9-13, 6-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
BRIDGEPORT — The situation turned out exactly the way Sydney Johnson wanted it to. Down two points with just under 10 seconds left, you get the ball into the hands of your best player and you let him make a play to win the game or get to the free throw line. And when Tyler Nelson drove to the basket and was fouled with one second to play, everyone in the Webster Bank Arena felt this game was going to overtime.
Rider finishes on 8-0 run, tips Fairfield 90-88
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Dimencio Vaughn scored 20 points with 13 rebounds and his extra effort underneath the basket paid off with the game-winner Tuesday night as Rider edged Fairfield 90-88 in a wild finish.
Nelson scores 28, Fairfield surprises Niagara 104-85
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 28 points, Aidas Kavaliauskas turned in a double-double and Fairfield came up with its highest-scoring output of the season, surprising Niagara 104-85 on Saturday.
The Purple Eagles came in on a roll with a five-game winning streak, but the Stags (7-11, 2-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), losers of five straight, scored the first four points and never looked back, leading 58-40 after their highest-scoring half since Nov. 24, 2015.
Funk takes over in OT, Marist tops Fairfield 95-89
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Funk scored 10 of his 13 points in overtime and Marist made just enough free throws down the stretch to hold off Fairfield 95-89 on Saturday.
Funk opened the extra period with a 3-pointer to give the Red Foxes (4-13, 2-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) an 83-80 lead. Kevin Senghore-Peterson's layup cut the Fairfield deficit to one, but Funk buried another shot from long range to put Marist up four.
BRIDGEPORT — Right now, not much is going right for Fairfield.
In fact, nothing is going right for Fairfield.
The Stags continue to have offensive woes, defensive lapses and can’t seem to get Tyler Nelson into any kind of rhythm. And the end result? It’s a frustration that’s growing more and more palpable every game.
Manhattan holds off Fairfield 59-53 for MAAC sweep
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Pauly Paulicap scored 14 points and Rich Williams 10 as Manhattan held off a late run to defeat Fairfield 59-53 on Thursday night, ending a two-game losing streak.
The Jaspers (8-9, 3-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have swept Fairfield in conference play for the first time since the 2012-13 season, and snapped a string of 11 straight losses at Fairfield's Webster Bank Arena.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Tyler Nelson scored a team-high 16 points while Ferron Flavors Jr. added 13 points, but the Fairfield University men’s basketball team fell to Iona College 84-65 Sunday.
Scott scores career-high 25, Rider beats Fairfield 96-77
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Frederick Scott had a career-high 25 points on Friday night and Rider led by double digits throughout the second half in a 96-77 win over Fairfield.
Scott made all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half while the Broncs (9-6, 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) led by as many as 17 and went into the intermission up 50-34. Scott grabbed eight rebounds, finished 5 of 7 from distance and made 8 of 11 overall from the field.
Manhattan holds off Fairfield 61-58 in MAAC opener
RIVERDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Pauly Paulicap scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Thomas Capuano hit a go-ahead 3, and Manhattan opened its conference schedule by holding off Fairfield 61-58 on Saturday night.
Zane Waterman scored 12 points and Zavier Turner added 11 for the Jaspers (6-7, 1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who outshot the Stags 48.8 percent to 35 percent and made 14 free throws to their 11.
BRIDGEPORT — Tyler Nelson scored 19 points to help Fairfield beat Saint Peter’s 70-61 on Thursday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.
Nelson was 6 of 13 from the field, made four 3-pointers and a game-high five steals. Matija Milin and Omar El-Sheikh each added 11 points for Fairfield (6-6), which has won three of its last four games and has beaten Saint Peter’s in three straight.
Fairfield beats Saint Peter’s 70-61 in MAAC opener
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 19 points to help Fairfield beat Saint Peter's 70-61 on Thursday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.
Nelson was 6 of 13 from the field, made four 3-pointers and a game-high five steals. Matija Milin and Omar El-Sheikh each added 11 points for Fairfield (6-6), which has won three of its last four games and has beaten Saint Peter's in three straight.
COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Fairfield men defeat LIU Brooklyn
NEW YORK — Tyler Nelson scored a team-high 17 points and Jerome Segura added a season-high 14 and six assists to lead the Fairfield University men’s basketball team to a 76-72 win over LIU Brooklyn Sunday at the Barclays Center.
Nelson posted 13 second-half points while Segura added eight points in the half.
The Blackbirds came within two points of the Stags at 71-69, but Jonathan Kasibabu hit two free throws for a four-point lead for the Stags.
Milin’s double-double leads Fairfield over Loyola (MD) 64-52
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Matija Milin totaled 18 points to lead four players in double-figure scoring and grabbed 11 rebounds to power Fairfield to a 64-52 victory over Loyola (MD) on Tuesday night.
Loyola led 16-8 in the first half after Andre Walker's 3-pointer at the 9:35 mark, but the Stags (2-0) went on a 22-5 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Ferron Flavors Jr., to lead 30-21 at halftime.
BRIDGEPORT — With a massive block in the final minute and the roar of emotion that follow it, Wassef Methnani put a huge exclamation point on Fairfield’s first victory of the season.
The freshman forward scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots — including that final one against Caleb Wood — as the Stags defeated Penn 80-72 in the season opener before 1,672 Saturday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena.
Nelson, Methani combine for 50, Fairfield downs Penn 90-72
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Nelson scored 30 points, Wassef Methani added 20 more and Fairfield broke the game open with late runs to defeat Penn 80-72 in a season opener on Saturday.
Nelson and Methani each made driving scores in the final minute as the Stags pushed their lead to 11 points before Penn's Ryan Betley and Caleb Wood landed late 3-pointers.
FAIRFIELD — There are three things that Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson knows without a shadow of a doubt.
One, he’s got the best player in the MAAC in senior guard Tyler Nelson. Two, he’s got depth and experience at point guard. And three, his frontcourt is going to be very competitive.
“Those three things I know,” Johnson said. “Are we at where we need to be team-wise with all the other stuff? Not just yet, it’s early. We’re going to need time to get on the same page.”
FAIRFIELD — Bakary Camara hit a layup at the buzzer as the Bridgeport men’s basketball team edged Fairfield for an 88-86 victory in an exhibition game Friday night at Alumni Hall.
The Purple Knights trailed 45-35 at halftime, 45-35, but shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the second half, including 9-for-15 from three-point range, to get the win.
FAIRFIELD — Senior Tyler Nelson was named the MAAC preseason men’s basketball player of the year on Tuesday night and was also a unanimous pick to the preseason All-MAAC first team. The announcement was made during the conference’s annual preseason awards show. The selection was based upon the votes of the conference’s head coaches.
Senior guard Tyler Nelson scored 30 points and junior forward Matija Milin added 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Fairfield men’s basketball team to a 94-78 exhibition victory over Hofstra on Monday night on George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall in Fairfield.
The game, played before a crowd of 1,453, was a benefit for Save the Children.
Nelson, a All-MAAC performer who averaged 19.5 points last season, hit 6 of 7 from 3-point range.