Canisius got a balanced attack, getting at least seven points from seven different players, in earning a 72-54 victory over Marist in a first-round game of the men's MAAC tournament in Friday's late-night contest.
The winners advance to meet second-seeded Fairfield Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
Although Fairfield finished 13-5 in league play and 20-9 overall, the Golden Griffins are sure to have a measure of optimism based on regular-season results.
While Canisius lost both meetings, both contests were close with Fairfield winning by scores of 58-52 and 76-74.
In Friday's game, Canisius got a game-high 17 points from forward Elton Frazier and 11 each form Greg Loggins and Alshwan Hymes.
Canisius is now 15-16 overall on the year.
Marist, which had 17 points from freshman guard Devin Price, finishes with a 1-29 record, completing one of the most-difficult seasons in MAAC history.