Fairfield 60, Pepperdine 56

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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).

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