Benning, Eze lift Fairfield over Marist in overtime 57-53

The Associated Press

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- Taj Benning and Vincent Eze combined to score all 12 of Fairfield's overtime points to lead the Stags over Marist 57-53 on Friday night.

Benning hit 3-pointer for Fairfield's first points in overtime and made two free throws with 18.2 seconds left for a 56-53 lead. After Tyler Sagl missed a two-point jumper for Marist (6-16, 5-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in the final seconds, Eze added a final free throw. Eze made consecutive baskets to give the Stags (10-14, 6-7) the lead for good with just under two minutes left.

Jesus Cruz scored in the paint with four seconds remaining in regulation to tie at 45-all. He finished with 12 points. Benning scored 15 points with eight rebounds and Eze had nine points and nine rebounds.

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Sagl and Michael Cubbage scored 11 points each for the Red Foxes with Cubbage grabbing nine rebounds.

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