NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Jordan Washington matched his season high with 30 points and Iona held off Fairfield 96-89 on Friday night.
Jon Severe added 16 points and Sam Cassell and E.J. Crawford 13 apiece for the Gaels (12-8, 5-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who shot 57 percent and made 10 of 24 3-pointers.
Tyler Nelson scored 27 points and Jerry Johnson a career-high 26, each making four 3-pointers for Fairfield (8-9, 3-5), which has lost four of five since beating Iona 93-87 on Jan 23. The Stags shot 51 percent and made 12 of 25 3-pointers but lost second-leading scorer Curtis Cobb (15.3), who left with an injury after 10 minutes.
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Iona scored the first 10 points and led throughout. They were up 12 at halftime but an 18-6 run that began with seven points from Washington restored a 24-point margin. Fairfield was within 90-85 with 50 seconds left before Iona made eight free throws.