Fairfield won the battle of MAAC men's teams that had finished tied for third place in the conference's final regular-season standings with a 69-57 victory over Manhattan in a second-round game of the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament on the Stags' on-campus Alumni Hall Sunday afternoon.
The victory sends Fairfield to a quarterfinal match with Robert Morris on Wednesday at 7 p.m. That game, too, will be on the Stags' on-campus facility. A crowd of 1,492 turned out for Sunday's contest.
Starting forward Maurice Barrow had a game-high 18 points for the Stags, while reserve forward Keith Matthews came off the bench to add 15 points for the 21-14 Stags.
Manhattan finishes 21-13 this season, but its 15-victory turnaround from a 6-win 2010-11 season was the largest positive reversal of any men's program on the Division I level.
George Beamon, a junior swingman who finishes as the MAAC's leading scorer for the 2011-12 season, had a team-high 16 points for the Jaspers.