Vermont 77, Fairfield 67

Evan Fjeld scored 17 points to lead Vermont to a 77-67 victory

over Fairfield on Saturday.

Nick Vier, Maurice Joseph and Marqus Blakley added 14 apiece for

the Catamounts (21-8), who won their seventh in a row.

Vier hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the first 1:19 of the

second half, when Vermont increased a 33-26 halftime lead to

42-28.

After the Stags (18-9) got within a point, 58-57, on a

three-point play by Colin Nickerson with 4:49 remaining, the

Catamounts went on an 11-0 run. A dunk by Blakley made it 69-57

with 2:16 left.

Vermont, of the America East Conference, was 6-for-10 on

3-pointers and shot 48.1 percent (26-for-54) overall, while the

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Stags shot 37.3 percent

(22-for-59) and were just 6-for-22 behind the arc.

Nickerson scored 20 points and Derek Needham 15 for

Fairfield.