Rowley, Puk score 13 points apiece to lead Albany (NY) to 58-50 win over Fairfield

Sam Rowley and John Puk scored 13 points apiece as Albany (N.Y.) pulled away from Fairfield for a 58-50 nonconference win Saturday.

The Great Danes (20-9), who have won four of their last six games, reached 20 wins for the first time since 2006-07 and for the third time in their Division I program history.

Trailing 16-15, Albany pulled ahead with a 7-0 run. The Great Danes then expanded their 27-24 halftime lead with another 7-0 burst to open the second half. Puk scored five points in the spree, and the Stags could get no closer than five the rest of the way.

Albany, of the America East Conference, recorded 11 steals, surpassing 10 steals for only the second time this season. The Great Danes outrebounded Fairfield 33-25.

Derek Needham's 15 points led the Stags (17-12), of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, who came in on a two-game winning streak.