FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Derek Needham scored a team-high 13 points, while Colin Nickerson came off the bench to score 11 points as the Fairfield University men's basketball team posted a 62-45 win over Sacred Heart University at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The game was part of the Connecticut 6 Classic, a tripleheader that include six Division I teams from the state.
Sacred Heart scored the first six points of the game and earned a six-point advantage just 90 seconds into the contest. Needham stopped the run with a jumper at the 16:24 mark, a shot that started a 9-0 Fairfield run that pushed the Stags in front by a 9-6 count with 15:07 remaining in the half. Sam Dulaire ended the Pioneers scoreless stretch with a jumper which pulled his team to within one at 9-8.
The Stags turned the tide quickly with a 22-5 run over the next 11 minutes that gave the team a commanding 31-13 lead at the 3:11 mark. The first six baskets scored during that run came from six different student-athletes. Nickerson ended up scoring six of the 22 points during the run, giving the sophomore eight points in the first 20 minutes of play.
Fairfield scored the first points of the second half on a lay up by Yorel Hawkins to regain a 17-point lead. However, Sacred Heart put together a strong effort over the next six minutes that cut the Stags lead to eight points at 38-30 with 13 minutes remaining. The Pioneers remained within eight points with nine minutes left, but a 5-0 spurt by Fairfield enabled it to take a 13-point edge with six minutes left on the clock. Ryan Olander scored four of those five points, the last coming on an alley oop dunk that made the score 47-34.
The Stags led by as many as 20 in the second half, hitting the mark at 59-39 with 1:51 remaining.
Fairfield Posts Win In 2010 Connecticut 6 Opener