Scores

Final

St. Peter's 47

(9-21, 3-15 MAAC)

Fairfield 54

(18-14, 9-9 MAAC)

9:30 PM ET, March 8, 2013

MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

1 2 T
SPU 26 2147
FAIR 27 2754

Top Performers

St. Peter's: D. Washington 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Fairfield: D. Needham 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

Fairfield 54, St. Peter's 47

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Derek Needham scored 24 points and Fairfield allowed Saint Peter's only three points in the final 11 1/2 minutes of its 54-47 victory Friday night in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

Seventh-seeded Fairfield (18-14), which snapped a three-game skid, meets No. 2 seed Rider Saturday.

Each team had long scoring droughts. Leading 21-11, the Stags didn't make another basket for 7 minutes. After the 10th-seeded Peacocks pulled ahead 26-24, Needham's 3-pointer gave Fairfield a 27-26 halftime advantage.

Saint Peter's built a seven-point cushion, at 44-37 with 11:39 left, then couldn't score again until Chris Burke's jumper with 5:46 to go. Needham tied it with 4:55 showing before both teams went cold.

Amadou Sibide broke the stalemate with 1:49 left, hitting two free throws. He added a layup with 52 seconds remaining to help the Stags pull away.

Desi Washington's 13 points led the Peacocks (9-21).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SPU
FAIR
Points 47 54
FG Made-Attempted 20-47 (.426) 19-49 (.388)
3P Made-Attempted 3-8 (.375) 4-16 (.250)
FT Made-Attempted 4-9 (.444) 12-22 (.545)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
Largest Lead 7 10

2012-13 Season

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Jan 27, 2013 FAIR 61, @SPU 54Recap
Feb 7, 2013 @FAIR 61, SPU 44Recap
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