BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Ray Salnave had 17 points off the bench to carry Monmouth to a 61-49 win over Fairfield on Saturday.
Mustapha Traore had 16 points and nine rebounds for Monmouth (10-16, 9-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), which earned its fourth straight victory. Diago Quinn added nine rebounds.
The Stags' 27.1 field goal percentage represented the worst mark by a Monmouth opponent this season.
Fairfield scored 21 first-half points, a season low for the team.
Taj Benning had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Stags (7-18, 4-9). Matija Milin added seven rebounds. Jonathan Kasibabu had seven rebounds and three blocks.
Landon Taliaferro was held to only 3 points. The Stags' leading scorer entering the matchup at 12 points per game, he shot 14 percent from beyond the arc (1 of 7).
The Hawks improve to 2-0 against the Stags this season. Monmouth defeated Fairfield 74-57 on Jan. 17. Monmouth matches up against Rider on the road on Friday. Fairfield matches up against Canisius on the road on Friday.