Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canisius Advances, Fairfield's Season Ends in CIT

One MAAC team moved on in the Tournament (CIT) in Wednesday night's action, while another had its season come to an end.

The Canisius men, playing their first postseason game in 17 years, knocked off Elon University, 69-53, in their first-round game at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Senior Harold Washington led the Golden Griffins with 19 points and was one of five Canisius players in double-figures. Junior center Jordan Heath had 13 points and five blocks, senior guard Isaac Sosa had 11 points, junior guard Billy Baron had 10 points and seven assists and sophomore Josiah Heath had 10 points and six rebounds.

Canisius will learn of its second-round opponent later today (Thursday), but will be on the road for that contest which is expected to be either Saturday or Sunday.

The Fairfield men didn't fare quite so well, dropping a 73-71 decision at Kent State.

The Stags' senior guard Derek Needham scored a team-high 22 points, including a game-tying three pointer with 15 seconds remaining that brought his team all the way back from a 13ppoint deficit with 18:44 left in the contest.

But the winners' Randal Holt drove to the basket on Kent State's final possession and scored off a driving layup to provide the winning margin with three seconds remaining.

Fairfield's season ends with a 19-16 record. Its tournament appearance was the fourth straight year the program has played in a national post-season event, the longest streak in school history.

Needham finishes a stellar career at the school with 1,875 career points, third-best all time on the school's scoring list. Only Tony George (2,066 points) and Joe De Santis (1,916) scored more as Fairfield players.

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