Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fairfield Men Top Manhattan, Advance In CIT Event

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 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.

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