HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Fairfield junior Kyle Commodore hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime and the Stags hung on for an 87-81 victory over Hartford Thursday night in the opening game of the Phoenix Classic at the Civic Center.

Commodore led five Fairfield players in double figures with 21 points. Sophomore John Tice had 16 points, including six in the overtime period for the Stags (4-1), the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions.

Hartford (1-4) got a game-high 24 points from junior Justin Bailey as the Hawks lost their fourth straight of the season. Also in double figures for the Hawks were senior Keith Bike (15), sophomore Darrick Jackson (13) and senior Ryan Howse (12).

Howse, junior Chris Eames and Bike all fouled out in the overtime.

Fairfield led 31-24 at the half and stretched the lead to 36-26 before the Hawks began a comeback. Bailey fueled a 10-2 run with five points as Hartford cut the lead to 38-36. Bailey gave the Hawks a 70-67 lead with 4.1 seconds remaining but Commodore got off the tying basket while being double-teammed just outside the three-point circle.

The Stags had 14 blocks in the game, five by Didier Boucard and four by Sunday Eniojukan.

The Hawks turned in outstanding foul shooting, converting 25 of 27 from the line and 16-16 in the second half and 2-2 in overtime.

Fairfield made only 27 of 46 from the foul line but were 11-18 in the overtime when Hartford fell behind and had to foul.

Fairfield won the rebounding battle 52-42. The 6-foot-7 Eniojukan and the 6-foot-8 Howse each had 12 rebounds.

Fairfield will play Yale in the title game Friday. Yale defeated Central Connecticut 77-61.