Fairfield 68, Harvard 53

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Deng Gai scored 16 of his season-high
23 points in the first half to lead Fairfield to a 68-53 victory
over Harvard Tuesday night.

Gai, a senior who declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft in
the summer before opting to return to school, fell 1 point shy of a
career high. The center added 13 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Michael Bell added 17 points for Fairfield (5-4), which held on
for the victory despite making just 6-of-21 shots in the second

Brian Cusworth led four Harvard (2-5) players in double figures
with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Matt Stehle added 12 points, but he
missed 7 of his 11 free throw attempts.

The Stags took control of the game early in the first half.
After falling behind 12-7, they scored 14 straight points,
including eight by Gai. Bell scored every point in an 8-0 run later
in the half that put Fairfield ahead 31-17.

Harvard got as close as eight twice in the final 4 minutes of
the game, but Fairfield held on.