WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Andrew Nicholas scored 19 points and Monmouth edged Fairfield 63-60 on Thursday night, in what was the first-ever meeting for the two teams in conference play.
Josh James helped out Monmouth, scoring 15 points with 6 assists.
Deon Jones hit a 3 for Monmouth (10-10, 4-5 Metro Atlantic) at the start of the second period putting the Hawks up 32-31, setting the tone for a hard fought second period,
Fairfield (4-16, 1-8) built a 54-46 lead midway through the second half before Monmouth scored 8 points tying the score at 54, while the Stags went scoreless for 5 minutes.
Both teams missed the back end of some key free throw opportunities in the final minutes and a missed jumper by the Stags' Maurice Barrow with seconds remaining allowed Monmouth to hang on for the win.
Fairfield was paced by Barrow's 20 points.
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.