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.