Morales, Wagner visit Fairfield

Wagner (5-2) vs. Fairfield (8-4)

Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Thursday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two senior guards will be on display as Alex Morales and Wagner will face Taj Benning and Fairfield. Morales is averaging 12.2 points over the last five games. Benning is averaging 11 points over the last five games.

VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in this game’s outcome. Benning, Jake Wojcik, Caleb Green and Jesus Cruz have collectively accounted for 47 percent of Fairfield’s scoring this season. For Wagner, Morales, Will Martinez, Elijah Ford and Raekwon Rogers have combined to account for 57 percent of all Wagner scoring.ACCURATE ALEX: Morales has connected on 53.8 percent of the 13 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 8 over his last three games. He’s also converted 78.6 percent of his free throws this season.

ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Seahawks have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Stags. Fairfield has an assist on 41 of 87 field goals (47.1 percent) over its past three matchups while Wagner has assists on 61 of 90 field goals (67.8 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The disruptive Wagner defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 25 percent of all possessions, the 27th-best rate in the country. Fairfield has a forced-turnover percentage of only 16.6 percent through 12 games (ranking the Stags 313th among Division I teams).


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