Washington gets conference road win
Fairfield fans cheered for junior guard Federico Ferretti throughout the game Friday against Washington.
He received the loudest ovation, however, when he fouled out. Ferretti committed his fifth foul in the closing minutes. Walking off the court, his bemused expression quickly turned to a mile wide grin as Trojans fans stood and commended him for his 29-point performance that helped Fairfield capture a 72-53 Southeast Conference victory over the Demons.
“We were really focused and ready to go,” Ferretti said. “I just tried to take the right shots and the open shots.”
Ferretti earned his points by driving to the basket. His point accumulation was helped by going 7-7 from the free-throw line and 2-4 from beyond the arc.
Fairfield (8-7, 3-3 SEC) lost earlier this season at Washington (4-7, 1-2 SEC) in a game that was essentially a mirror image of this one. Only the Demons were the ones in control.
“We came out and matched their effort, which is what we didn’t do when we went to their place earlier in the year,” Fairfield coach Tyler Miklo said. “They’re a big, strong team, and they like to push. We matched their physicality, which was nice to see.”
The Trojans began to pull away halfway through the second quarter. Jordan Reid was integral to the run, scoring seven points. Reid, who found himself in the starting lineup for the first time in weeks, finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The Demons trailed by nine at the half. Thomas Bump and Daryn Sebelius kept Washington afloat, scoring nine and eight points, respectively, by halftime.
“We weren’t as sharp tonight,” Washington coach Bryce Smeins. “Fairfield got out on a run in the third quarter and we couldn’t answer any of their runs.”
Fairfield controlled the second half. Landon Gamrath put in 12 points while Matt Carr came off the bench to score nine points. Vince Horras grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
Fairfield plays a tough schedule from here on out and must face winning teams like IMS, Keokuk, Chariton and Fort Madison before the season is over. Tonight’s game against Williamsburg was canceled and will likely to made up soon. The difficulty of the upcoming games is one thing Ferretti isn’t too worried about.
“I hope we win our last six games,” Ferretti said. “We can do it.”