MAAC Tournament 2012: Loyola Earns NCAA Tournament Bid With Win Over Fairfield

The MAAC Tournament bracket is set, and the Iona Gaels enter at the No. 1-overall seed and the favorite to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Manhattan Jaspers are seeded No. 3, while Siena is No. 6.

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2012 MAAC Championship Final Score: Loyola Defeats Fairfield 48-44 In Sloppy Affair

The Fairfield Stags made just five field goals in the second half of the 2012 MAAC Tournament Championship Game, giving up their four-point halftime lead and an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. The Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds shot just 33.3 percent for the game, but held the Stags to 28.8 percent shooting to win 48-44 on Monday night.

Those looking for offensive fireworks were sorely disappointed in the second half. The Stags scored just 14 points after halftime after putting up 30 in the first half. Loyola was only moderately sharper, scoring 22 out of the locker room. Maurice Barrow continued to be a force on the boards, hauling in 13 rebounds to go along with his 10 points. He went just 5-for-16 shooting from the field, however. Rakim Sanders and Ryan Olander had 12 and 11 points, respectively, but combined to go 1-for-10 from 3-point range.

Erik Etherly was the only Greyhound to reach double-digit points for the game, scoring 10 along with seven rebounds and three blocks. Fairfield received much better production out of its bench, however, with Justin Drummond scoring eight points in 20 minutes off the bench.



For more updates on the MAAC Tournament 2012, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream.

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MAAC Tournament 2012 Semifinals: Iona Vs. Fairfield, Siena Vs. Loyola

A pair of New York schools remain in the Final Four of the MAAC Conference Tournament, with semifinal round action set for today at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Top-seeded Iona (26-6) faces fourth-seeded Fairfield (19-13) at 4:30 p.m. ET. Iona defeated Marist Saturday, while Fairfield bested Rider.

In the second game, Siena (15-16) takes on Loyola (23-8). Siena upset third-seeded Manhattan on Saturday, 84-82. The Jaspers are 20-12.

Games can be seen live via ESPN3. You can also follow along at StatBroadcast.com.

Today’s winners will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the championship game. That game will be shown on ESPN2.

Semifinals, Sunday, March 4 (on ESPN3):

2 p.m.: No. 1 Iona vs. No. 4 Fairfield
4:30 p.m.: No. 2 Loyola vs. No. 6 Siena

— See MAACSports.com for more information about the tournament. See SB Nation’s College Basketball Hub Page for full NCAA hoop coverage.

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MAAC Tournament 2012: Iona Wins Easily, Manhattan Falls To Siena

The semifinals of the 2012 MAAC conference tournament are set, with top-seeded Iona looking very much the part of a favorite.

Iona drubbed Marist 87-63 on Saturday afternoon, setting up a semifinal matchup against Fairfield, who eked out a win against Rider 65-63. Senior forward Mike Glove poured in 29 points for Iona, and the Gaels sprinted past Marist in the second half.

On the other side of the bracket, Loyola (MD) used a strong second half of its own to move past Niagra to the semifinals, and it was charged by Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly, who combined for 44 points.

In the final game of the night Siena tipped Manhattan, 84-82.

The semifinals will be played Sunday afternoon, starting with Iona and Fairfield at 2 p.m. EST and followed by Loyola (MD) and Siena. Both games will be played in Springfield, MA -- the host site for the tournament -- and can be seen on ESPN3.

-- For more updates on the MAAC Tournament 2012, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream.

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