Scores

Final

Fairfield 43

(19-14, 9-9 MAAC)

Rider 42

(18-14, 12-6 MAAC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    7:30 PM ET, March 9, 2013

    MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

    1 2 T
    FAIR 18 2543
    RID 14 2842

    Top Performers

    Fairfield: D. Needham 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Rider: J. Thompson 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Fairfield 43, Rider 42

    Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Derek Needham scored 19 points and hit six straight free throws in the last minute, leading Fairfield to a 43-42 victory over Rider Saturday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal.

    The Stags (19-14) beat Rider (18-14) for the third time this season to reach Sunday's semifinals.

    Fairfield led 18-14 at halftime. Needham, the only Stag in double figures, hit a 3-pointer with 3:40 left giving Fairfield the lead for good, 35-34. The Stags made their next eight free throws, two by Maurice Barrow, then six straight by Needham.

    Rider answered with Daniel Stewart's layup and six consecutive foul shots, two each by Anthony Myles, Jonathon Thompson (12 points) and Nurideen Lindsey. That made it 43-42 with 1 second left.

    Needham then missed two free throws, the second intentionally, and time expired.

    Fairfield shot 14 of 47 (29.8 percent) from the floor, Rider 13 of 44 (29.5 percent).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FAIR
    RID
    Points 43 42
    FG Made-Attempted 14-47 (.298) 13-44 (.295)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-15 (.133) 0-6 (.000)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 16-26 (.615)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 4

    2012-13 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Dec 9, 2012 FAIR 65, @RID 52Recap
    Feb 1, 2013 @FAIR 69, RID 59Recap
    » Mar 9, 2013 FAIR 43, @RID 42Recap

    Research Notes

    Rider had 0 assists in its MAAC quarterfinal loss to Fairfield. The Broncs are the first Division I team in more than nine years to go an entire game without being credited with an assist.

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