Peter Caty/The Mirror

With the 2010-11 Men’s Basketball season well underway, the casual observer would have noticed the Stags streaking out to a 13-4 record.

As the Stags have been dominant in conference play, posting a 6-1 record in the MAAC, much of this can be attributed to the performances from several underclassmen.

One in particular, Maurice Barrow ‘14, earned MAAC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 10 as a result of his stellar play down low.  Barrow recorded his first career double double with 11 points and 14 rebounds in a home victory against Niagara.

Previously, Barrow had muscled his way to 11 rebounds in another win against Army on New Years Eve at Alumni Hall.

Checking in at 6’5”, Barrow provides a powerful presence inside that Fairfield has benefited from since he was inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 5 against Loyola, ripping off a nine game win streak.

Success is nothing new to Barrow after a successful career at Christ the King High School in New York City, where he was named the Most Valuable Player of the CHSAA Class AA championship a year ago.

Even more impressive is that he is dominating inside just one year removed from high school.

On Monday night against Rider, it was another day at the office for Barrow, pulling down 13 rebounds and adding 11 points in 37 minutes.

As conference play intensifies, the importance of a low post force like Barrow will become more important with each game. As many consider the MAAC a guard league, having a player with the size and skills of Barrow is a true luxury in every sense of the word.

A year ago, it was a tandem of freshmen guards Derek Needham ’13 and Colin Nickerson ’13 carrying the Stags to terrifying heights; now additional help has arrived in the form of Maurice Barrow, down low.

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