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MAAC Tournament - Recap - Fairfield Defeats Manhattan 59-58

Fairfield grabbed a 59-58 win over Manhattan on Tuesday, behind a 16-point effort from Jesus Cruz at Boardwalk Hall.

Fairfield was the ATS victor, as they covered the +3.0-point spread as an underdog.

Fairfield got 15 points from Jake Wojcik and another 9 points from Taj Benning. Taj Benning contributed 2 assists, while Taj Benning cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds.

Manhattan got 16 points from Ant Nelson in a losing cause and another 13 points from Samba Diallo. Samir Stewart contributed 5 assists for them, while Samba Diallo had 11 rebounds.

Fairfield trailed at halftime, 25-17.

Manhattan had a 41-38 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.