Fairfield 59, Old Dominion 51

Derek Needham scored 19 points to lead Fairfield to a 59-51

victory over Old Dominion on Friday night at the Hall of Fame

Holiday Showcase.

Rakim Sanders added 15 rebounds and nine points for the Stags

(6-4), who led 26-9 with 4:11 remaining in the first half.

Kent Bazemore and Dimitri Batten led a late first-half surge by

the Monarchs (5-4) that got them back to within 29-23 at halftime.

But Fairfield opened the second half with an 11-2 run to build a

40-25 lead with 16:26 remaining.

The Monarchs, who came in shooting 39 percent on the season,

made just 29.8 percent (17 of 57) against the Stags. Old Dominion

trailed 46-27 with 12 minutes remaining, but Fairfield went

scoreless for the next 6:22, allowing the Monarchs to trim their

deficit.

Chris Cooper and Nick Wright scored 10 points apiece for Old

Dominion.