Manhattan 63, Fairfield 60
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP)—Luis Flores scored 24 points, including 14 from the foul line, as Manhattan remained unbeaten in conference play with a 63-60 win over Fairfield Wednesday.
Flores, who averages 22.7 a game, was 14-for-16 from the line for Manhattan, the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions. But his two misses with 9 seconds remaining gave Fairfield a chance.
Terrence Todd, who led Fairfield with 24 points, rimmed a 3-pointer in the final seconds and Manhattan (12-3, 7-0) prevailed.
Fairfield (9-8, 2-4) has lost seven of nine games.
Mike Konovelchick scored 14 points for Manhattan and Peter Mulligan added 12.
Fairfield got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Rob Thomson, and Michael Bell scored 10 points.
Manhattan led 27-20 after a first half marked by poor shooting by both teams. Manhattan shot 31.8 percent in the half and Fairfield made just 28.6 percent of its shots and committed 15 turnovers.
Fairfield briefly took the lead with 9:27 to play in the game on two Todd free throws, capping an 8-0 run.
Manhattan later led 47-46 and attempted four 3-point shots on one possession. The final one, by Konovelchick, fell through, starting a 9-2 run for Manhattan.
Fairfield, playing its first home game since Dec. 23 and playing without injured forward Deng Gai, stayed alive with a pair of Todd 3-pointers, but he couldn’t connect on one that would have forced overtime.