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Niagara 77, Fairfield 68

NIAGARA, N.Y. -- Tyrone Lewis scored 22 points to lead Niagara to a 77-68 win over Fairfield on Monday night.

Lewis shot 11-for-12 from the free throw line for Niagara (10-6, 3-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), while Rob Garrison added 19 points and five steals. Bilal Benn contributed with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Niagara used a 13-4 run early in the second half to jump out to a 49-37 lead following a layup from Garrison with 15:50 remaining. That helped the Purple Eagles maintain the lead for the rest of the contest, as Fairfield would get no closer than six points.

Derek Needham scored 28 points for the Stags (10-4, 3-1) on 12-of-24 shooting. Yorel Hawkins chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Niagara was outrebounded 40-38, but was able to score 19 points off of Fairfield's 16 turnovers.