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Fairfield 80, South Dakota 72 (OT)

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Forward Amadou Sidibe scored six of his 14 points in overtime to lead the Fairfield Stags to an 80-72 victory over the South Dakota Coyotes in the final game of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sunday.

Freshman guard Tyler Nelson had a season-high 24 points, while forward Mike Kirkland added 20 points for the Stags (2-3). Forward Marcus Gilbert added 12 points for Fairfield.

Forward Tyler Larson had 23 points and 12 rebounds for South Dakota (0-6) and guard Brandon Bos finished with 20 points for the Coyotes, who outrebounded Fairfield, 40-33.

With the game tied at 29 at the half, back-to-back 3-pointers by Nelson gave Fairfield a 45-31 with 15:56 left in the second half. The Stags stayed in control and a layup by Kirkland increased the margin to 53-44 with 10:18 remaining.

However, seven straight points by Larson helped South Dakota tie the game at 68 with 40 seconds left and send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, Sidibe scored four points to provide Fairfield with a 74-70 lead with 1:51 remaining. He then added two more free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the win.

The Coyotes (0-5) have yet to win a game under first-year coach Craig Smith.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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