NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Momo Jones scored inside. He scored outside. He even scored while falling to the floor.
The Iona senior poured in 13 straight points over a seven-minute stretch in the second half and finished with 27 points to help the Gaels hand Fairfield its fourth straight loss with an 84-73 decision in front of 2,435 fans at the Hynes Center Friday night.
"The guys showed a lot of heart, but they are very good offensively," Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson said. "They put a lot of pressure on you and score quickly and that was the game."
They also spread out the scoring. Sean Armand scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half, and then Jones took the lead in the second half as the Gaels won their sixth straight.
Derek Needham countered with 26 points, including 19 in the second half, but the Stags (10-9, 2-5 MAAC) just were not able to match the Gaels (12-6, 6-1 MAAC) when it came to firepower.
"I didn't really have to do much in the first half, Sean carried the load," Jones said. "All my teammates stepped up and made some big shots. In the second half (they focused on Sean) ... and I was aggressive."
Foul trouble dug the Stags a hole before the break after they led most of the opening half. Amadou Sidibe (11 rebounds) played less than two minutes and Maurice Barrow (12 points), his replacement, lasted seven before taking seats with two fouls apiece. Needham didn't pick up his second until there was 4:31 left, but earned a third with 1:23 remaining after Johnson put him back on the floor.
Iona ended the half on a 23-7 run, with Armand scoring 15 points, to lead 41-30. The Gaels were just 2 of 8 at the foul line early, but finished the half 9-for-9 as Fairfield racked up 12 fouls.
For the game, Fairfield made 9 of 13 foul shots while Iona was 21-for-31.
"Once we got into foul trouble they started getting rebounds and second-chance points and that's what hurt us," said Marcus Gilbert, who added 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Stags regrouped at the half and tried to answer, but every time they got within a basket or two, Iona shot back and made it. Barrow's layup made it 47-46 Iona with 14:49 to go, but Jones converted a layup at the other end.
A Sidibe layup with 13:29 to go pulled the Stags to within 50-48, but Iona answered with 3s from Armand, DaShawn Gomez and Jones to go up 59-50.
The Stags never got closer than three points from there.
After losing three straight by five points or less, the Stags stayed close most of the night with Iona before succumbing.
"We are not pointing the finger at anyone, but the last three games it's free throws and this game I do think their offensive production caused us problems," Johnson said about the team`s losing skid. "We take each game one by one, but we'll get there."
Game at a glance
GAME MVP: Momo Jones. The Iona senior scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half, including a stretch of 13 straight for the Gaels in a 84-73 win over Fairfield.
WHAT NEEDS WORK: The Stags' backcourt defense surrendered 50 points to Jones and Sean Armand (23) and allowed the Gaels to shoot 9 of 20 from 3-point range, which included 5 of 9 in the second half. Fairfield to the foul line just 13 times while Iona went 29.
UP NEXT: Monday vs. Loyola, Md., at Webster Bank Arena, 7 p.m.
-- WILLIAM S. PAXTON