The Stags four game winning streak was snapped by Long Beach State, after losing 62-61.
Fairfield's comeback fell just short as LBS hit a jumber with five seconds left to provide the winning margin. Junior guard Sabra Wrice heaved a half court shot that hit the backboard and rim, but didn't fall as the buzzer sounded, sealing the loss.
The Stags fell behind early, and were held to a season-low 16 points and a season-high 17 turnovers at halftime. Down, 32-16, at the half, Fairfield would need to turn it one in the second in order to even have a chance of winning.
Coming out of the locker room the Stags did just that as guard Meka Werts '08 scored the first five points and Fairfield put in 17 in 3:29 cutting the lead to 36-33.
The game remained close the rest of the way as neither team lead by more than four points at any time. Fairfield used their second half spurt to win that half, 45-30, but it was not enough to overcome their play from the first half.
Wrice led the Stags in socring with 18 points and also pulled down 8 rebounds.
The Stags were able to dominate the boards, coming up with 50 to the 49ers' 34. However, after shooting 6 of 31 and turning the ball over 17 times in one half, Fairfield put themselves in a whole that they could not dig themselves out of.
The loss drops the Stags back down to .500 on the year at 6-6 overall. The travel to New York on the second to play St. Francis, the end of a eight game road trip.