Emotional Send-Off for Senior Stags in 2018 MAAC Championship Game

Emotional Send-Off for Senior Stags in 2018 MAAC Championship Game

Nelson, Segura and Harper end their Fairfield basketball careers with an inspired postseason run.

Following an inspired run in their first three games of the postseason, Fairfield Men’s Basketball saw its tournament play come to an end on March 5 in the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship Game. The 83-71 loss to Iona in a game broadcast live on ESPN featured an emotional send-off for the Stags’ senior trio of Tyler Nelson, Jerome Segura and Jared Harper.

The lasting image of the 2018 MAAC Championship featured Nelson exiting last Monday’s game to a tearful embrace from Head Coach Sydney Johnson. The moment was captured and shared by ESPN on its social media , and received national attention on The Today Show the following morning on NBC.

Nelson will graduate as Fairfield’s all-time leading scorer and ranks fifth in MAAC history with 2,172 career points. He also established the Stags’ single-season scoring record with 732 points scored this winter and holds the program records for three-pointers made in both a single-season (104) and a career (315). Nelson was recognized by the conference’s head coaches as a First Team All-MAAC talent for the second consecutive season.

Segura served as a sparkplug off the bench both offensively and defensively as the Stags won seven of their final nine regular season games and surged through the postseason to the MAAC Championship Game. He ranks ninth all-time in Fairfield history with 417 career assists.

Nelson and Segura were both recognized on the MAAC All-Championship Team for their performances throughout the weekend in Albany. Harper, also a four-year member of the Stags, checked into the MAAC Championship Game as well at the team’s tournament-opening win over Marist to join his classmates on the court at the Times Union Center.

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