Fairfield Falls In MAAC Finals, Video Of Tyler Nelson Exiting Goes Viral

New faces. Same old Iona.

Roland Griffin and Zach Lewis, transfers playing their first seasons with the Gaels, combined to score 49 points and Iona beat Fairfield 83-71 on Monday night to capture the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament title for the third straight time and earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

It was the fourth MAAC title for coach Tim Cluess and every bit as sweet as the others, if not moreso, because of all the doubters that surfaced after the Gaels started the season 1-4 after being picked to win the conference.

“I love these guys because they found a way,” Cluess said. “They know that people doubted. They know that people gave up on them. I think it’s even more special because they never gave up on themselves. They’re just a tough, gritty group.”

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