Fairfield men announce non-conference schedule

Jay Young speaks after being introduced as the new men's basketball coach at Fairfield University on April 10 in Fairfield.

Jay Young speaks after being introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at Fairfield University on April 10 in Fairfield.

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The Fairfield men’s basketball program announced its 11-game non-conference schedule Tuesday.

The Stags, under first-year coach Jay Young, will have three home games, five away and thee neutral site games on its slate outside of the MAAC.

The schedule includes a Nov. 19 game at Maryland as part of the ESPN Orlando Invitational. That game is followed by three at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando — Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1. The field includes Davidson, Harvard, Marquette, Temple, Texas A&M, and USC, and the brackets and pairings will be announced later this summer.

It will mark Fairfield’s second time participating in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament. The Stags were also in the 2011 Old Spice Classic.

The season kicks off Nov. 5 at home against Bucknell. The Stags host UMass Nov. 9, the seventh meeting between the programs. Fairfield is 3-3 against the Minutemen.

The Stags are at Holy Cross Nov. 12 in Worcester and visit Loyola Nov. 17 in Baltimore, two days before playing at College Park.

William & Mary visits Dec. 8 before the Stags are at Oakland University Dec. 21 in Rochester, Mich. and at Wagner Dec 28 in Staten Island.

Home games will be played at both Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport and on campus at George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall. Sites for home games will be announced when the complete schedule is unveiled.

“Our non-conference schedule provides us with the chance to play quality teams and prepares us for the rigors of the MAAC schedule,” Young said in a statement. “I am especially pleased to play in the ESPN Orlando Invitational which gives us an opportunity to play games in a tournament setting much like our conference tournament.”

Fairfield was 9-22 last season. Young, a former assistant at Rutgers and Stony Brook, was hired in April after the school dismissed Sydney Johnson.