Fairfield 76, Austin Peay 69

Derek Needham scored 19 points and Colin Nickerson added 17 to

lead Fairfield over Austin Peay 76-69 on Saturday.

The Stags (22-5) outscored Austin Peay 22-8 in the paint and

scored 18 points off 12 first-half turnovers en route to a 34-29

halftime lead.

With the score tied at 58 and less than 6 minutes to go, Needham

sparked a 17-7 run with a 3-pointer followed by a layup with 5:01

left to play. Two free throws from Nickerson with 38 seconds

remaining ended the run and sealed the win for Fairfield.

TyShwan Edmondson scored 29 points to lead the Governors

(17-12), who allowed 35 points off 25 turnovers. Will Triggs added

12 points and 10 rebounds.

Ryan Olander scored 11 points and Keith Matthews had 10 for the

Stags, who have won four straight and 21 of their past 23 games

after starting the year 1-3.

Nickerson also added eight rebounds and seven steals.