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Men's Basketball Starts off Strong Against Fairfield

The Eagles (1-0) won their season opener against Fairfield (0-1) 89-70. The team dominated the game from start to finish, thanks to an excellent performance by Quinten Post. Post dropped a career-high 31 points, setting the tone for a promising Eagles squad.

The Eagles immediately got to business on the offensive end. Post and sophomore Prince Aligbe wrestled in the paint, establishing a solid foundation within the arc. The Eagles possessed an obvious size advantage. Sophomores Armani Mighty and Devin McGlockton vacuumed up the Eagles’ misses, scoring two putback lay-ins five minutes into the game.

In his first game back since injury, Donald Hand Jr. picked up right where he left off. Hand Jr. played 18 minutes with 9 points after suffering a season-ending knee injury last season against Detroit-Mercer. 

Post dominated throughout the first half. He tallied nine points and three rebounds just nine minutes into the game, also slamming down an authoritative jam in front of a lively student section. He added a long-distance three to the stat sheet a minute later, showcasing his versatility around the court. Familiar face Mason Madsen also showcased some serious range. The junior hit two threes in the first half, totaling three for the night on 60% shooting.

The Eagles slowed down near the end of the first half as Fairfield went on a sudden run led by Brycen Goodine. Still, the Eagles entered the second half up 44-34. To start the second half, Eagles’ veteran Jaeden Zachary finished through contact to set the momentum for another dominant half. Zachary put up 10 points, slashing across the court throughout the night. 

Post also continued his hot streak, draining a couple of jump shots from the field. He made four threes in a span of five minutes to pump up an energetic BC squad. The Eagles outscored Fairfield 26-8 in the first ten minutes, pulling away from a fatigued Stags’ lineup. 

The Eagles held a 25-point lead with six minutes left in the half, a margin Fairfield could not come back from. The Eagles played some conservative ball to wind the clock down to 0:00, starting the season with an impressive win. 

Post’s performance was his 8th career game with 20 points or more. The Eagles hope to continue their strong play against the Citadel (0-1) in Charleston, SC, this Friday.