Scores

Final

Fairfield 85

(19-13, 12-6 MAAC)

Iona 75

(25-7, 15-3 MAAC)

Coverage: ESPN3

2:00 PM ET, March 4, 2012

MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

1 2 T
FAIR 40 4585
IONA 42 3375

Top Performers

Fairfield: R. Sanders 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Iona: S. Machado 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

Fairfield 85, Iona 75

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Rakim Sanders scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Fairfield over top-seeded Iona 85-75 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic tournament semifinals Sunday.

Sanders was 11-of-17 shooting for the fourth-seeded Stags (19-13), who will play in the tournament championship Monday.

Fairfield shot 59.6 percent from the field (31 of 52), and the Gaels also shot well, making 50.9 percent from the field (26 of 51). But the Stags came down with most of the misses, outrebounding Iona 32-20.

The Stags trailed 60-54 with 10:43 to play before going on a 16-1 run, sparked by nine points from Sanders.

Colin Nickerson and Keith Matthews added 14 points each, and Ryan Olander 11 for the Stags.

Scott Machado led the Gaels (25-7) with 24 points and seven assists. Mike Glover added 19 points for Iona, which led the nation in scoring with 83.5 points per game coming in.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FAIR
IONA
Points 85 75
FG Made-Attempted 31-52 (.596) 26-51 (.510)
3P Made-Attempted 7-14 (.500) 6-13 (.462)
FT Made-Attempted 16-23 (.696) 17-26 (.654)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 6

2011-12 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
Jan 27, 2012 IONA 71, @FAIR 62Recap
Feb 24, 2012 @IONA 77, FAIR 72Recap
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