The two teams combined to shoot 35 of 108 (32.4%).
Fairfield (5-8, 1-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) led 18-16 at halftime. Malik Johnson's 3-pointer for the Golden Griffins tied it at 27 with 12:09 remaining. Later, Jalanni White made a pair of free throws to knot it at 38 with 3:54 left. But Taliaferro followed with a 3-pointer seconds later and the Stags led for the remainder.
Scott Hitchon led Canisius with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
The Stags now have won four of their last six following a four-game losing streak. Canisius (5-9, 0-3) has lost five straight and seven of eight.
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