New Rochelle, NY (Sports Network) - Lamont Jones scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Iona Gaels to a 84-73 win over the Fairfield Stags on Friday at Hynes Athletics Center.
Sean Armand added 23 points while David Laury and DaShawn Gomez scored nine points apiece for the Gaels (12-6, 6-1 MAAC), winners in six straight.
Laury also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds and had five blocked shots.
Derek Needham scored 26 points, Maurice Barrow had 12 and Marcus Gilbert added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Stags (10-9, 2-5), who have dropped four consecutive games.
Fairfield led 17-12 following a Keith Matthews jumper with 12:23 left in the first half, but a 7-2 Iona surge, led by Armand who scored five points on the run and tied the game at 19-19 nearly three minutes later.
Armand's triple at the 6:39 mark sparked a 20-6 run and the Gaels took a 41-30 lead into the break.
The Stags, though, opened the second half with a 9-1 burst to pull within 42-39 with 16:41 to go.
Jones, though, buried a trey to spark a 19-11 run to give Iona a 61-50 lead six minutes later. Fairfield scored the next seven points to make it a four- point game with 9:13 remaining, but back-to-back buckets from Armand and Jones pushed the spread back to nine at 65-57.
Jones scored the Gaels next 11 points to give them a 76-69 cushion with just under 2 1/2 minutes showing, and the Stags couldn't get closer than five the rest of the way.