Fairfield pulls away to earn a place in the Championship!


Springfield, Mass. - Rakim Sanders recorded game highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Fairfield University to an 85-75 victory over top-seeded Iona College in the semifinals of the 2012 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship.Colin Nickerson and Keith Matthews added 14 points apiece for the Stags, while Ryan Olander finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

Scott Machado paced Iona with 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Mike Glover contributed 19 points and eight rebounds, and Lamont Jones registered 16 points.

Fairfield will make its seventh appearance in the MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship game on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2. The Stags have won three MAAC titles (1986, 1987 and 1997).

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