Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Recaps
(Sunday, March 10th)
Final Score: Iona 79, Niagara 73
Springfield, MA (Sports Network) - David Laury registered a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds to propel the fourth-seeded Iona Gaels to a 79-73 upset victory over the top-seeded Niagara Purple Eagles in the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at the MassMutual Center.
Lamont Jones tallied 17 points and five assists for Iona (19-13), which will now look to add onto its league record seven conference tournament titles on Monday when it takes on Manhattan in the championship game. Taaj Ridley contributed 16 points and Sean Armand finished with 13.
Antoine Mason paced Niagara (19-13) with 21 points on 6-of-18 shooting from the floor and Ameen Tanksley chipped in 14 points. Juan'ya Green, Marvin Jordan and T.J. Cline all scored 11 points each in the setback.
In a very closely contested first half, Iona shot 46.9 percent from the field and connected on five 3-pointers. The Purple Eagles made 42.9 percent of their field goal attempts and all five of their free-throws to carry a narrow, 40-39 edge into halftime.
Niagara cooled off to hit on 38.2 percent of its shots from the field in the second stanza. The Gaels converted 14-of-17 at the charity stripe after the break to take control. Iona led for the final 13:59 of action.
Iona held a sizeable, 45-32 edge in the rebounding battle.
Final Score: Manhattan 60, Fairfield 42
Springfield, MA (Sports Network) - Emmy Andujar finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals as the sixth-seeded Manhattan Jaspers coasted to a 60-42 victory over the seventh-seeded Fairfield Stags in the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at the MassMutual Center.
Michael Alvarado netted 13 points for Manhattan (14-17), which will take on the fourth-seeded Iona Gaels in the championship game on Monday night.
Maurice Barrow paced Fairfield (19-15) with 15 points while Coleman Johnson netted 10 points off the bench. Derek Needham, who averaged 21.5 points per game in the first two rounds of the tournament, was held to just four points on 2-of-10 efficiency from the field.
The Stags scored the first six points of the contest before jumping out to a 16-5 lead, but their momentum stopped there. Manhattan chipped away at the deficit before Donovan Kates drained a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in the period to give it a 23-22 halftime lead. The Jaspers had missed their first seven triples before Kates's go-ahead make and Fairfield went 0-of-6 from behind the 3-point line in the opening 20 minutes.
The Jaspers ran away with it in the second half as they went 7-of-13 from the field and 22-of-27 at the charity stripe. Fairfield drained only six of its 21 field goal tries in the final 20 minutes.
The Stags went 0-of-9 from beyond the arc in the contest.
03/10 19:24:49 ET