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