Needham, Barrow earn weekly basketball honors from MAAC


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Derek Needham (Dolton, Ill.) and Maurice Barrow (St. Albans, N.Y.) earned weekly accolades from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for their performance in three wins last week. Needham was chosen MAAC Co-Player of the Week while Barrow was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Needham averaged 18.3 points and five assists per game in helping the Stags post wins at Rider, at Canisius, and at Niagara. He started the week by shooting 58 percent from the field which resulted in 27 points in the victory against the Broncs. Six of his seven field goals in that game came from behind the three-point line. He followed up with 19 points against Canisius, hitting four of six three pointers and six of 12 shots overall. He finished the week with nine points, highlighted by a critical three-point shot that halted a Niagara comeback bid late in the second half.

Barrow started his week with a double-double against Rider, registering 11 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes of work. He came back with four points and five caroms in the Canisius decision, but surpassed those totals with 14 points and nine rebounds against Niagara. For the week, Barrow shot 50 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the line. The freshman averaged 9.7 points and nine rebounds per game.

The Stags, under Head Coach Ed Cooley, will begin a four-game home stand with a pair of games this weekend. Fairfield hosts Manhattan College on January 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Canisius on January 31 at 7:30 p.m. The Canisius game will be broadcasted on the MSG Network. Both games will be played at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

For tickets to all Fairfield basketball games, please visit the Arena box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Posted on January 24, 2011