NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- J.J. Mann scored 15 points, including a key 3-pointer to break a tie at 53, as Belmont beat Fairfield 62-53 on Monday.
Mann's game-changing basket started a 9-0 Belmont run to close out the game. Mann and Craig Bradshaw combined to make 4 of 4 free throws in the final minute.
Reece Chamberlain had 13 points and Bradshaw added 12 points for Belmont (14-7). The Bruins defense held Fairfield to 36 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers.
Belmont led by as many as 13 points in the second half.
Fairfield (4-15) was paced by Marcus Gilbert with 16 points, with four 3-pointers, and K.J. Rose and Maurice Barrow added 10 apiece. Barrow made Fairfield's only field goal in the final 5 minutes -- a 3-pointer with 4:22 left.
Chamberlain and Mann made Belmont's only three shots from beyond the arc in 16 attempts.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
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