Jonathan Kasibabu of Fairfield v Niagara

Kasibabu Grabs Double-Double, Fairfield Beats Niagara 77-59

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Jonathan Kasibabu grabbed his fourth double-double of the season to help Fairfield beat Niagara 77-59 on Monday night.

Kasibabu collected 20 points and 14 rebounds and shot 10-of-14 from the field for Fairfield (4-11, 1-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) to claim its first win in conference play this season.

The senior forward from Kinshasa, Congo, had compiled three previous double-doubles this term, but it was the first time the Stags were winning on such occasion.

Freshman Neftali Alvarez added 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with six rebounds, while Jesus Cruz ended 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists for Fairfield, which ended a two-game skid.

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Dominik Fragala scored 20 points to lead Niagara (7-8, 0-2), which trailed 41-30 at halftime.

As a team, Purple Eagles, who losing three straight, shot 40.0 percent (22-of-55) from the field, but went 6-for-21 from 3-pointers.

Fairfield was 50.8 percent on shooting from the floor, but made just 6-for-22 from long-range.

The Stags outrebounded Niagara 39-27 in the victory.

NEXT SCHEDULE

The Purple Eagles are back in action on Friday at home to the Iona Gaels.

Fairfield will host the Saint Peter’s Peacocks on Thursday.

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