Stags Surging at MAAC Basketball Championships

Stags Surging at MAAC Basketball Championships

Jesus Cruz '21

Fairfield Men to Play in Friday’s Semifinal Round, TONIGHT at 8 p.m. on ESPNU

Thrilling victories and clutch performances have led Fairfield Men’s Basketball into the semifinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Championships. The Stags take the court against Saint Peter’s TONIGHT (Friday, March 12) at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and WatchESPN with a trip to Saturday’s finals at stake.

Fairfield has already secured a pair of victories this week in Atlantic City. The seventh-seeded Stags outlasted #10 Manhattan in overtime, 59-58, in Tuesday’s opening round behind 16 points from Jesus Cruz ’21. Twenty-four hours later, Fairfield stunned #2 Monmouth in the quarterfinals, racing past the Hawks by a score of 79-60. Taj Benning ’21 and Supreme Cook ’24 each posted a double-double in the win.

Fairfield’s challenger on Friday will be #3 Saint Peter’s. The Stags and Saint Peter’s split a two-game set in Jersey City during the regular season. Tonight's winner advances to the 2021 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship Games on Saturday, March 13 at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.

Head Coach Joe Frager also led Fairfield Women’s Basketball on a run to the semifinals. The Stags earned the #4 seed in the tournament and upended #5 Manhattan, 51-40, in a Thursday quarterfinal matchup. All-MAAC First Team selection Lou Lopez-Senechal ’22 led the effort with 21 points. Fairfield’s tournament stay came to a close on Friday afternoon with a 66-50 loss to top-seeded Marist.

Visit FairfieldStags.com for the latest updates from Atlantic City before, during and after Friday night’s action.

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Last modified: 03-12-21 1:24 PM

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