Fairfield 60, Pepperdine 56
HONOLULU (AP)—Michael Bell sank a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the game as Fairfield rallied to beat Pepperdine 60-56 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Rainbow Classic.
Fairfield (7-1) advances to the championship Tuesday night and will face the winner of the IUPUI-Hawaii matchup.
Tied at 56, Terrence Todd drove from the top of the key and kicked it out to Bell who drained the game-winning shot. Bell finished with 13 points.
Pepperdine had a chance to tie but Glen McGowan missed two 3-pointers and Bell made a free throw to seal the win.
Todd finished with 14 points and DeWitt Maxwell added in 13 for Fairfield. Pepperdine (5-7) was led by Terrance Johnson’s 16 and Alex Acker’s 15.
Pepperdine went on a 14-6 run early in the second half to erase a 10-point halftime deficit and take a 44-43 lead when Acker converted a three-point play after he stole the ball and was fouled as he made the layup.
Fairfield’s Tyquawn Goode made two free throws with 4:36 remaining to tie the game at 50 and the lead changed four times after that.
Pepperdine hit just 33 percent from the field (18-of-55).