(Sunday, March 9th)
Final Score: Iona 75, Canisius 72
Springfield, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Armand tallied 21 points and five assists, as the Iona Gaels held off the Canisius Golden Griffins, 75-72, in the semifinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at the MassMutual Center.
Armand shot 8-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range for top-seeded Iona (22-9), which will play Manhattan in Monday night's championship game. Isaiah Williams and Tre Bowman poured in 16 points apiece, while A.J. English added 12 points.
For fourth-seeded Canisius (21-12), Billy Baron led all scorers with 23 points, Chris Manhertz logged 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Zach Lewis and Chris Perez poured in 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Iona held a 48-41 lead heading into the halftime locker room after shooting a lofty 61.3 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 8-of-17 from beyond the arc. Canisius couldn't keep pace at 48.4 percent.
The Gaels held a 10-point lead with just over four minutes to play before the Griffs used a 10-0 run to tie the game at 70 with 1:28 left on a pair of Baron free throws. Iona responded on its next possession when David Laury grabbed an offensive rebounds and put back the layup to give the Gaels the lead for good.
Iona outscored Canisius from 3-point range, 30-21.
Final Score: Manhattan 87, Quinnipiac 68
Springfield, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - George Beamon finished with 25 points as the Manhattan Jaspers ran past Quinnipiac 87-68 to advance to the championship round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at MassMutual Center.
The second-seeded Jaspers (24-7) will face top-seed Iona on Monday in a rematch of last year's title bout. Emmy Andujar tallied 21 points and Rhamel Brown had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Manhattan.
Ike Azotam netted 18 points and secured 10 rebounds for third-seed Quinnipiac (20-11). Zaid Hearst contributed 15 points and Kasim Chandler logged 14 points and seven assists.
The Jaspers forced 10 turnovers and sank 44.4 percent from the floor in the first half. However, the Bobcats made up for their miscues by shooting 59.1 percent, as the game went into the break tied at 40-40.
Manhattan dominated the second half to secure the win. The Jaspers hit on 57.7 percent from the field, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, while holding Quinnipiac to 33.3 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Quinnipiac, which led the nation in rebounding this season, had a rare deficit on the boards (37-34). The Bobcats were also outscored 21-14 off of turnovers.
03/09 21:44:25 ET