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.
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