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Monmouth holds off Fairfield from the line, 60-59

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Deon Jones hit the second of two free throws with two seconds left to play, giving Monmouth a four-point lead, 60-56 lead. It turned out to be the winning shot as K.J. Rose hit a three-quarter court, two-handed launch to pull Fairfield within one at the buzzer, 60-59 Friday night.

Marcus Gilbert hit a pair of free throws that pulled Fairfield even, 47-47, with 4:00 left to play, but Monmouth answered when Justin Robinson converted the first of his eight straight free throws.

Robinson's second pair from the line gave Monmouth a five-point lead and his third set made it 55-49. His fourth pair, with :11 left, made it 59-54.

Jones finished with 18 points to lead Monmouth (12-10, 8-3 Metro Atlantic). Zac Tillman added 14 and Robinson 12.

Gilbert's 15 points led Fairfield (6-15, 4-7). Tyler Nelson added 13 and Amadou Sidibe added 10.