ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Jesus Cruz tossed in 19 points and Fairfield rolled to a 72-50 victory over Canisius in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Conference tournament. Taj Benning had 15 points for the Stags (15-17). Akrum Ahemed topped the Golden Griffins (11-21) with nine points.
Earlier in the day, the Canisius women made headlines and history. They became the first 11-seed in MAAC tournament history to win a game by knocking off six-seed Monmouth 71-65.
Franklinville's Dani Haskell led all scorers with 26-points. Shaunae Brown added 14 for the Lady Griffs who advance to face Manhattan in the quarterfinals that come up on Thursday.