BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Maurice Barrow and Marcus Gilbert scored 22 points apiece, combining to go 11 of 18 from 3-point range, as Fairfield held off a second-half rally to beat Marist 78-74 Friday night.
Fairfield (7-24, 4-16 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) led 40-25 at halftime and, after back-to-back 3s by Barrow, extended its lead to 19 with 17:48 to play.
Adam Kemp scored five points during a 12-3 Marist run that trimmed its deficit to 51-41 about 4 minutes later.
Phillip Lawrence made a layup with 49 seconds to play, pulling the Red Foxes within 73-69 but they would get no closer as Barrow and Gilbert combined to go 5 of 8 from the free throw line in the final 31 seconds to seal the victory.
The Stags tied a season high by making 12 3-pointers.
Adam Kemp paced Marist (11-18, 8-11) with 20 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
Guard Kobe Paras, who was part of the freshman class, does not meet academic conditions and won't be attending UCLA.
Shaquille O'Neal said he wants his son, Shareef, to play for coaches who can help him reach the NBA and develop more discipline.
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