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Siena comes back against Fairfield to grab NCAA berth

Edwin Ubiles had 27 points and Alex Franklin 22 points and 12 rebounds as Siena rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit and beat Fairfield, 72-65, in overtime last night to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament for the third straight season.

Siena (27-6) has won 38 straight home games, the second-longest such streak in the nation behind top-ranked Kansas, which has won 59 in a row at home. The second-seeded Stags (22-10) put up a game fight before losing to the Saints for the third time this season.

Franklin's runner in the lane snapped a 60-all tie just 16 seconds into the extra period and the Saints never trailed again in winning the MAAC tournament for the fifth time. Ryan Rossiter's tip follow and Franklin's layin boosted the lead to 68-64 with 1:50 left.

Freshman Derek Needham, who had 16 points to lead the Stags, missed twice in the final minute and Ubiles sank four free throws to secure the victory.

Old Dominion 60, William & Mary 53:Darius James scored 12 points and Kent Basemore 10 as top-seeded Old Dominion beat William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament final to earn the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Old Dominion (26-8) won the league's guaranteed bid for the first time since 2005, and may have ended William & Mary's hopes of qualifying for the tournament for the first time. Saint Mary's 81, Gonzaga 62:Mickey McConnell scored 26 points and Ben Allen 20 as Saint Mary's upset No. 18 Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game.

Omar Samhan had nine points and seven rebounds for the Gaels (26-5), who earned the sixth NCAA berth in the small Bay Area school's history with a remarkable shooting performance against the top-seeded Zags (26-6), the 10-time regular-season WCC champions.

Wofford 56, Appalachian State 51:Cameron Rundles scored 20 points and Wofford used stifling defense to overcome a long second-half scoring drought and beat Appalachian State for its first NCAA berth. The Terriers (26-8) of the Southern Conference, who moved up to Division I in the mid-1990s, also got 13 rebounds from Tim Johnson to overcome 35-percent shooting.- AP

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