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Niagara snaps skid by beating Fairfield

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Niagara ended a four-game losing streak by defeating Fairfield, 67-63, on Thursday at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

Ramone Snowden, who scored the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds remaining, led the Purple Eagles with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4 of 4 from long distance. He also had six rebounds for Niagara (5-13, 2-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).

Junior Antoine Mason, the nation’s leading scorer at 28.3 points a game, was held to 15 points on 3 of 9 from the field, but connected on 9 of 10 from the free-throw line.

The game was tied at 63 when Snowden tipped in a miss by Mason to give the Purple Eagles the lead for good with 26 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, Fairfield’s Coleman Johnson missed a jumper, then fouled Niagara’s Rayvon Harris with 4 seconds left. Harris iced the game by making both free throws. It was the Purple Eagles’ first road victory of the season, while the Stags (3-14, 0-7) have now lost five straight.

Maurice Barrow led Fairfield with 17 points off the bench while Marcus Gilbert added 15.

Niagara plays at league newcomer Quinnipiac (10-6, 5-2) at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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