Fairfield outlasts Saint Peter's 70-69 in overtime

Derek Needham scored 18 points to lead Fairfield over Saint Peter's 70-69 in overtime on Sunday.

The Stags (20-5, 13-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) led 59-55 after a 3-pointer from Needham with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation. A layup from Steven Samuels and another from Wesley Jenkins with 18 seconds left tied the score at 59, sending the game into OT.

Fairfield shot 9 of 10 from the free-throw line in overtime (90 percent) and led throughout. The Peacocks (15-11, 10-5) went 1 for 8 from the floor and 8 of 12 from the line in overtime.

Yorel Hawkins added 14 points and Ryan Olander 10 for the Stags, who have won eight of their last nine games and remain in first place in MAAC play.

Jeron Belin scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. Nick Leon added 17 points and Ryan Bacon had 16 points and nine rebounds for Saint Peter's.