Rhamel Brown added 15 points for No. 2 seed Manhattan (25-7),
which will be returning to the Big Dance for the first time since
2004. Shane Richards knocked down four 3-pointers en route to 14
points and Emmy Andujar scored 12 off the bench for the Jaspers.
A.J. English scored 15 points and Tre Bowman had 14 as Iona (22-10)
fell just short in its bid to repeat as conference champs. David
Laury recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench while Sean
Armand added 13 points for the Gaels.
Beamon capped an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to
64-54 with just under 6 1/2 minutes to play. Iona chopped it back
down to 70-68 on English’s dunk with 17 seconds left but Donovan
Kates split a pair of free throws and the Gaels could not get a
3-pointer to fall on their final possession.
Brown scored five points and Beamon added four during an 11-0 burst
that that gave Manhattan a 29-22 lead in the first half and helped
it take a six-point cushion into the break. Iona used its own 11-0
spurt early in the second half to grab the lead but the Jaspers
responded with nine straight points to pull ahead again and did not
trail the rest of the way.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Manhattan, which lost to Iona in the 2013 title game,
rides into the NCAA Tournament with 11 wins in the last 12 games. …
The Jaspers controlled the glass 38-28 to help overcome 14
turnovers. … Manhattan knocked off Florida in the first round of the
2004 NCAA Tournament before falling to Wake Forest.
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