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Iona vs. Iowa State NCAA March Madness Simulation

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The 13th-seeded Iona Gaels has defeated the 4th-seeded Iowa State Cyclones, 81-78, in our whatifsports.com NCAA March Madness Tournament simulation in the Midwest Regional.

The Gaels used strong shooting from the field. They shot 50% from the field and an additional 56% from three-point range.

They need to hold onto to a late push by the Cyclones. Hallice Cooke, who had five points, and Georges Niang, who added 19 points, cut the lead to 80-78, before Gaels’ Aaron Rountree (10 points) made a late free throw.

The game was tied at 56, before the Gaels scored nine straight points to make it 65-56. Abdel Nader, who scored 10 points, scored a basket, before A.J. English (24 points) increased the lead to 68-58 for a 10-point lead.

The Cyclones would then go on a 11-3 run, which Deonté Burton (10 points) scored four of the points, to make it 71-69. Iona would then answer with a 9-3 run with Jordan Washington (11 points) having four of the points.

After Jameel McKay (nine points) scored the first basket of the second half, the Gaels went on a 7-0 run. Ibn Washington (11 points) had four of the seven points.

The Cyclones then outscored the Gaels 9-5 to get within 56-52 on a Burton basket.

Before halftime, the Gaels took a 29-28 lead when Isaiah Williams scored a basket. Monté Morris (16 points) answered, before Iona went on a 13-7 run to end the half at 44-37.

The Cyclones had a 7-point lead when they led at 17-10 following a Niang basket. They led until Iona took the lead at 29-28.

The game was tied twice early on.

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