Running Stags on the Run up Tri-State Standings

By John Cirillo

Fairfield University head men’s basketball coach Sydney Johnson calls them the “Running Stags,” and they sure are. The 2015-16 squad, on the strength of a four game winning streak, has been running up the Tri-State New York area basketball standings, and now rank tied for seventh with 16 victories.

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Sydney Johnson rejuvenates Fairfield, delighting big fan and alumnus Bob Berchem (far left), and sure to impress top flight hoops broadcasters Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist

The Stags are making their presence felt with 16 victories, nine more than all of last season, and actually two more than the last two campaigns, when they recorded just seven wins each season.

Fairfield has Columbia and Wagner in site, each with 17 victories, one more than the Stags.

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El Syd pushing all the right buttons, and players respond

It’s been quite a resurgence by “El Syd,” and the Stags. Kudos to the coaches and players on the resurgence on superb coaching, recruiting and of course performance on the court.

Here are the standings, led by the MAAC leader Monmouth, and high-flying Stonybrook, with 22 wins apiece, as of Friday, February 19:

  1. Stonybrook (57) — 22-5 (13-1)
  2. Monmouth (38) — 22-5 (14-2)
  3. Hofstra (75) — 19-8 (11-4)
  4. Seton Hall (44) — 18-7 (8-5)
  5. Columbia (126) — 17-8 (6-2)
  6. Wagner (192) — 17-9 (10-5)
  7. Fairfield (150) — 16-11 (10-7)
  8. Army (230) — 16-11 (7-8)
  9. St. Peters (237) — 16-11 (10-7)
  10. NJIT (184) — 16-12 (7-5)
    ELMORE AND  TEAM

    Len Elmore had to inspire Fairfield squad at Leader of the Herd tip off in November

    HALL OF FAMERS

    Knowledgeable hoops journalists (left to right) Jackie MacMullan, Jim O’Connell, Bob Wolff and Bob Ryan at Leader of Herd bash helped to launch a stylist season in style

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    University president Fr. Jeffrey von Arx and JC have enjoyed Stags run

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