Rider vs Fairfield

Fairfield 65, Rider 63

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Rakim Sanders scored 15 points and Fairfield defeated Rider 65-63 on Saturday in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Fairfield and avenged a 65-62 loss to the Broncs on Feb. 26.

Fourth-seeded Fairfield fell behind 6-0 to start the game but rallied to lead 22-19 at halftime. The Stags never trailed during the final 20 minutes and led 47-38 with 6:07 left after a basket by Colin Nickerson. Rider cut the deficit to one with less than four minutes remaining and Fairfield iced it by making 6 of 9 free throws in the final 38 seconds.

Desmond Wade added 12 points for the Stags (17-13), who outrebounded No. 5 seed Rider 36-31.

Rider shot 42.6 percent (20 of 47), but committed 17 turnovers.

Jeff Jones and Jonathon Thompson each scored 19 points for the Broncs (13-18), which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

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Rider Broncs
D. Stewart, F383-75-930311
B. Penn, F320-40-05210
J. Jones, G367-93-470319
J. Thompson, G365-115-753119
N. Gadson, G271-73-33435
E. Mitchell244-90-04439
J. Fortunat70-00-01020
Totals 20-4716-2331131663
 42.6%69.6% 
Fairfield Stags
M. Barrow, F352-52-26356
R. Olander, C233-60-02157
C. Nickerson, G321-31-37413
R. Sanders, G324-116-883415
D. Wade, G254-120-036412
J. Fields244-61-23119
S. Crawford152-84-41019
K. Matthews142-60-04114
A. Jones00-00-00000
Totals 22-5714-1936192265
 38.6%73.7% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
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Manhattan9-1113-18228
Canisius8-1214-19221
Rider8-1213-20242
Quinnipiac6-149-21297
Niagara5-157-25316
Marist4-167-23318
 
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