Scores

Final

Niagara 63

(18-15, 9-9 MAAC)

Fairfield 69

(22-9, 13-5 MAAC)

    6:30 PM ET, March 7, 2010

    1 2 T
    NIAG 29 3463
    FAIR 31 3869

    Top Performers

    Niagara: T. Lewis 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Fairfield: A. Johnson 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Fairfield 69, Niagara 63

    Associated Press

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Freshman Derek Needham scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket, as second-seeded Fairfield held off sixth-seeded Niagara 69-63 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals Sunday night.

    Conference defensive player of the year Anthony Johnson had 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Stags (22-9), who face host and top seed Siena in Monday's final. Siena has won two straight MAAC championships.

    Tyrone Lewis had 20 points before fouling out for the Purple Eagles (18-15), who were held without a field goal for a crucial 8-minute stretch late in the second half. Anthony Nelson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Niagara, which also lost 80-74 to Fairfield a week ago to close the regular season.

    Fairfield trailed 58-51 with 7:16 left, but used a 13-1 run, including Needham's one-handed layup at 3:29, to lead for good.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NIAG
    FAIR
    Points 63 69
    FG Made-Attempted 22-59 (.373) 24-59 (.407)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-20 (.400) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.733) 18-24 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 6

    2009-10 Season

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    Jan 4, 2010 @NIAG 77, FAIR 68Recap
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