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Fairfield gets into a zone to rip Canisius

Canisius looked as if it would cruise to victory Sunday, but the Fairfield Stags ended up being the men's basketball team that won with relative ease.

Fairfield received double-digit scoring efforts from four players, shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the second half and turned an early 17-point deficit into a 75-64 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference triumph before 1,563 fans at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Canisius led by 17 with 6:47 left in the first half. But then the Stags switched to a 2-3 zone and the Golden Griffins went cold from the floor and led at the half by only 35-32. After shooting 48.1 percent from the floor in the first half, Canisius made just 11 of 34 field goals in the final 20 minutes to fall to 0-2 in the conference and 2-6 overall.

"Very winnable game," Canisius assistant Rob Norris said. "We played hard the first 15-20 minutes. . . . We relied a little too much on taking long threes [in the second half]."

Canisius missed 12 of 14 shots from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes and shot 24.1 percent from three-point range for the game.

Freshman Frank Turner was the lone Griffin to break double figures, finishing with 18. Senior Chuck Harris was ice cold, hitting just 2 of 18 shots to finish with eight points -- six under his average.

Mike Von Schaick scored 20 to lead the Stags (3-10, 1-1), while 6-foot-8 freshman Anthony Johnson made all six of his field goal attempts and finished with 16 points.

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