Loyola (Md) wins MAAC final, 48-44 over Fairfield

PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press Published:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Erik Etherly had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead Loyola-Maryland back into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994 with a 48-44 win over Fairfield Monday in the MAAC championship game.

The second-seeded Greyhounds (24-8) trailed by four at halftime, but opened the second half on an 11-1 run.

Loyola held Fairfield without a point for almost 8 minutes and then held on for its fifth win in six games.

Rakim Sanders scored 12 points and Ryan Olander had 11 for Fairfield (19-14), which upset the tournament's top seed, Iona, in Sunday's semifinals. Maurice Barrow added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

Loyola shot just 33 percen, but held Fairfield to 29 percent and just six second-half field goals.