BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Michael Van Schaick scored 23 points to lead Fairfield past Iona 70-67 in overtime Tuesday night.
The loss was the Gaels' 20th straight dating to last season, extending the school record for consecutive defeats. Iona (0-19, 0-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) remains the lone winless team in Division I.
Mamadou Diakhate added 13 points for Fairfield (6-15, 4-5), which recorded its second overtime victory in nine days over the Gaels. It was Diakhate's 3-pointer, his first attempt this season from that distance, with 2.6 seconds left in regulation that forced overtime.
Devon Clarke led Iona with 18 points and Alejo Rodriguez added 13. The Gaels committed 29 turnovers to Fairfield's 16. Fairfield trailed 51-42 on Clarke's basket and free throw with 9:50 remaining in the second half, but the Stags made it a game with a 13-3 run over the next five minutes. Fairfield coach Ed Cooley was hit with a technical foul as the teams left the court at halftime.
Iona's Milan Prodanovic opened the second half by converting two fouls shots off the technical to extend the Gaels lead to 37-27. But Fairfield responded with 11 straight points over the next 3:41, taking a 38-37 lead on Anthony Johnson's free throw.
The Gaels led 35-27 at halftime after erasing an early eight-point deficit and holding the Stags to one field goal over the final 9:52.
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