Rider 58, Fairfield 56
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP)—Jerry Johnson scored 21 points to lead Rider past Fairfield 58-56 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Monday.
The Broncs (11-12, 6-8) won despite shooting only 33.3 percent from the floor in the second half.
Fairfield’s Kudjo Sogadzi drove left of the lane with two seconds remaining and a chance to tie, but his off-balance shot missed.
The Stags (15-9, 11-4) missed a chance to move into a first-place tie with Manhattan in the MAAC.
The Stags were led by Sogadzi’s 18 points and Nick Delfico’s 12 points.
Fairfield’s only lead was 45-43 on Sogadzi’s layup with 4:49 remaining. Fairfield shot 42.5 percent from the floor for the game.
Rider opened the game with a 17-4 burst and took a 29-22 lead to halftime. In the second half, the Broncs surged to a 36-24 lead on Johnson’s layup with 17:10 remaining.
After establishing a 41-31 lead, the Broncs went nine minutes without a field goal, scoring four points on free throws. But Johnson’s layup with 3:58 remaining gave Rider a 47-45 lead and it never trailed again.
The Broncs, who won for the fifth time in six games, outrebounded Fairfield 32-26.
Robert Reed led Rider with six rebounds.
Rider shot 39.6 percent from the floor for the game.