Fairfield 67, Canisius 60

Derek Needham scored 19 points as Fairfield defeated

cold-shooting Canisius 67-60 on Friday night.

The Stags (14-4, 7-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who

rank No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense (54.7 points per game),

held the Golden Griffins scoreless for more than 9 minutes in the

second half.

Fairfield led 32-30 at halftime, then Canisius (8-10, 2-6)

opened the second half on a 7-2 run.

After Chris Manhertz made a layup to put the Golden Griffins

ahead 47-44 with 11:37 left, Canisius missed eight field goals and

one free throw and turned the ball over five times. Fairfield used

a 12-0 run, capped by a Needham layup, to lead 56-47 with 2:44


The Stags made 8 of 12 free throws in the final 1:30 for their

13th win in 14 games.

Yorel Hawkins added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Fairfield.

Gaby Belardo led the Golden Griffins with 15 points.