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MAAC Teams Win Nine Games in 2011 Sears BracketBusters

Edison, N.J. - Nine of the MAAC men's basketball teams earned victories earlier today in the 2011 Sears BracketBusters.

Derek Needham scored 19 points and Colin Nickerson added 17 to lead Fairfield over Austin Peay, 76-69. The Stags outscored the Governors, 22-8, in the paint and scored 18 points off 12 first-half turnovers en route to a 34-29 halftime lead. With the score tied at 58 and less than six minutes to go, Needham sparked a 17-7 run with a 3-pointer followed by a layup with 5:01 left to play. Two free throws from Nickerson with 38 seconds remaining ended the run and sealed the win for Fairfield. Ryan Olander scored 11 points and Keith Matthews had 10 for the Stags, who have won four straight and 21 of their past 23 games after starting the year 1-3. Nickerson also added eight rebounds and seven steals. TyShwan Edmondson scored 29 points to lead Austin Peay.

Kidani Brutus scored 25 points and George Beamon added 23 to lead Manhattan to a 64-63 overtime win over Stony Brook. The Jaspers trailed 57-55 after a jumper by Bryan Dougher with 44 seconds left in regulation. Beamon answered with a jumper on Manhattan's ensuing possession to tie the score at 57, sending the game into overtime. A tip-in from Danny Carter, followed by a layup from Dallis Joyner, gave the Seawolves a 61-57 lead with 3:10 left to play in OT. Two 3-pointers from Brutus and a free throw from Demetrius Jemison gave the Jaspers a 64-61 advantage with one minute to go. Dougher missed a layup as time expired to seal the victory for Manhattan. Marcus Rouse scored 15 points and Dougher added 11 for Stony Brook.  Beamon and Brutus combined to shoot 75 percent from 3-point range (9 of 12) and 16 for 25 overall (64 percent).

Anthony Nelson scored 13 points and had seven assists, including one to tie the school record, in Niagara's 61-55 win over Central Michigan. Nelson got his 630th assist on a pass to set up Kevin Moore's dunk with 1:13 left, tying Alvin Cruz' record from 2005. The milestone capped a second half in which the Purple Eagles outscored the Chippewas, 38-32. Niagara trailed 38-29 with 13:11 left in the game, before going on an 18-2 run. Nelson's free throws capped the spurt and put the Purple Eagles ahead, 47-40, with 6:33 to play. Niagara was 10-of-19 from the field in the second half, finishing shooting 44.7 percent for the game (17 of 38). Marvin Jordan had 14 points and Kashief Edwards 11 for the Purple Eagles. Jalin Thomas paced the Chippewas with 23 points.

Michael Glover, Scott Machado and Alejo Rodriguez each posted double-doubles as Iona defeated Liberty, 77-57. Rodriguez (14 points) and Glover (12 points) each grabbed 11 rebounds for the Gaels, while Machado added 11 assists and 10 points. Kyle Smyth scored 17 to lead Iona, which shot 54.4 percent from the floor (31 of 57). The Gaels hit their first four field goals and led 26-9 with less than eight minutes to play before halftime. The Flames missed eight straight shots from the floor over a 5:12 stretch until Jeremy Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 7:15 left in the half. Iona ended the half on a 13-2 run to take a 44-16 lead into the break. The Gaels led by as many as 29, 60-31, with 12:25 to go. Jesse Sanders scored 13 for Liberty.

Wesley Jenkins and Nick Leon scored 17 points apiece as Saint Peter's held off Loyola of Chicago, 71-67. Jenkins hit five 3-pointers and Leon four as the Peacocks shot 43.5 percent (10 of 23) from long range in winning for the eighth time in 10 games. Ryan Bacon scored 14 points and Jeron Belin 13. Geoff McCammon scored 20 points and set the single-season 3-point record for the Ramblers. The Peacocks held their largest lead at 51-41 with 7:49 to play, and they were up 65-56 with 3:24 left when Loyola rallied. Ben Averkamp and Courtney Stanley scored four points each to pull the Ramblers within 65-64 with 1:13 left, but Saint Peter's held on.

Justin Robinson scored a career-high 31 points and Rider defeated Delaware, 95-86. Robinson, who made 13 of 14 free throw attempts, is part of a senior class that has more wins (79) than any other class in school history. Mike Ringgold added 19 points, Danny Stewart had 12, Brandon Penn 11 and Novar Gadson 10 for the Broncs. Rider put the game out of reach with a 13-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Robinson, for an 83-67 lead with 4:11 to play. Delaware would get no closer than seven points. The Broncs, which scored 20 points off 12 Delaware turnovers, shot 52.5 percent (31 of 59) from the field, including 54.5 percent (12 of 22) from 3-point range.  Devon Saddler scored 27 points, Jawan Carter added 25, and Jamelle Hagins had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Hens, who have lost six of their past seven games.

J'hared Hall came off the bench to score 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Loyola defeated Towson, 75-57. In the 70th meeting between the local rivals, the Greyhounds took a 14-2 lead in the first five minutes. Shooting 53.6 percent from the floor in the first half (15 of 28), Loyola built a 40-22 lead at the break, the 18 points marking the Tigers' largest halftime deficit of the season. The Greyhounds also had a 25-6 rebounding edge in the first half. With 5:08 to play, Towson got to 63-52 when Dre Conner made two free throws. Hall then drilled four consecutive 3-pointers in a 2:07 span to end the threat and send the Tigers to their 16th straight loss. Robert Olson added 16 points for the Greyhounds, Shane Walker had 14, Erik Etherly 12 and Dylon Cormier 10. Isaiah Philmore scored 20 to lead the Tigers.

Ryan Rossiter scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out six assists to help Siena beat Maine, 71-60. Clarence Jackson finished with 17 points for the Saints, who snapped a four-game losing streak. O.D. Anosike had 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Rakeem Brookins scored 13 and Trenity Burdine added 12. Siena went into halftime trailing the Black Bears, 33-28. But the Saints opened the second half with a 15-2 run, taking a 43-35 lead on a 3-pointer by Brookins, who also had five assists and seven turnovers. Siena, which shot 45.3 percent (24 of 53) from the floor and made eight 3-pointers, led by as many as 16 points afterward to cruise to the victory. Troy Barnies scored 14 points and had nine rebounds for Maine, which lost its sixth straight.

Dorvell Carter scored 18 points and Devin Price added 15 as Marist defeated New Hampshire, 58-49, snapping an 11-game losing streak. The Red Foxes fell behind 4-0 less than a minute into the game, but outscored the Wildcats, 31-12, the rest of the way to take a 31-16 halftime lead. New Hampshire shot 24.1 percent from the floor (7 of 29), including 1-of-13 from 3-point range (7.7 percent) in the opening half. Marist led by double digits for most of the second half. Chandler Rhoads scored 16 points and Tyrone Conley added 15 for the Wildcats, who finished the game 3-of-20 from beyond the arc (15 percent). New Hampshire got as close as 54-47 with less than a minute left, but Price went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final 55 seconds to seal the win.

 

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