After leading by as many as seven points early in the first half, Loyola (Md.) allowed Fairfield University to end the first half on a 21-10 run. The Stags lead 30-26 at halftime of the 2012 MAAC Championship Game in Springfield, Mass.
The Greyhounds got off to a good early start and took a 16-9 lead on a three-pointer by Anthony Winbush midway through the first half. But Fairfield responded by scoring the next seven points to tie the game and the rest of the half was a nip-and-tuck affair.
Fairfield retook the lead at 21-20 with 4:07 remaining on a jumper by Maurice Barrow with just over four minutes to play and held it going into halftime.
With a win, Loyola would receive just its second NCAA bid and first since 1994.