NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Mustafaa Jones scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and Marques Townes added 16 to lead Fairleigh Dickinson past Central Connecticut State 73-67 in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
Fairleigh Dickinson (6-6) trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but CCSU (2-12), which was short-handed due to injuries to guards Khalen Cumberlander and Malcolm McMillan, was out-scored 42-34 in the second.
Jones hit a 3 with 7:29 left, giving Fairleigh Dickinson a 57-55 lead and the Knights would not trail again.
A layup by Brandon Peel 44 seconds later tied it before another 3-pointer by Jones sparked a 14-4 run, which resulted in a 10-point Fairleigh Dickinson lead with 51 seconds to play. Townes scored seven during that stretch.