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GRIFFS OUT OF IT EARLY AT FAIRFIELD

Fairfield ran off to an 11-0 lead and rode the strong inside play of Darren Phillip to a 69-57 victory Friday night over Canisius in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The Golden Griffins last won a road game Feb. 1, 1999 at St. Peter's.

Phillip, a 6-7 senior from Brooklyn, had 19 points and 20 rebounds to lead Fairfield, which is 7-8 overall and 5-2 in the MAAC. The Red Stags have lost non-conference games to ranked teams Kansas, UCLA and Connecticut as well as Nevada-Las Vegas.

It was Phillip's fifth straight double-double and his 10th of the season.

Canisius was outscored, 21-2, in the first 9:57 and never recovered.

"We played a bad 10 minutes," said Canisius coach Mike MacDonald. "After that I thought we got into the flow and played reasonably well."

Phillip had 13 of his rebounds in the second half, many after Canisius' 6-foot-10 junior center Darren Fenn fouled out with 7:14 left. Andrew Bush also fouled out for the Griffs.

Fairfield had a 47-25 rebound advantage.

Dorian McClure had 13 points for Canisius. Fenn had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Clive Bentick added 10 points. Canisius again played without forward Dale Sawyers, out with a back injury. Matt Tribul played 15 minutes and had two points and two rebounds although he was hobbled by a bad ankle.

Canisius, which has played 13 of its first 18 games on the road, is off until next Saturday night when Siena, the first-place team in the MAAC, visits the Koessler Center for a 7 p.m. game.

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