Scores

Final

Iona 59

(7-2, 2-0 MAAC)

Seton Hall 73

(8-3, 8-1 home)

    12:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

    1 2 T
    IONA 24 3559
    HALL 38 3573

    Top Performers

    Iona: R. Soliver 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Seton Hall: D. Copeland 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Seton Hall 73, Iona 59

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Kelly Whitney scored 22 points and Donald Copeland added 17 points and six assists to lead Seton Hall to a 73-59 victory over Iona on Saturday.

    Seton Hall (8-3) began the game with a 9-2 run keyed by two 3-pointers by Jamar Nutter. He scored six points and Copeland added five in the Pirates' game-opening 20-5 spurt. Brian Laing hit a fadeaway jumper for a 24-7 lead with 9:20 left in the first half.

    The Gaels (7-2) closed within 29-18 on Ricky Soliver's 3-pointer with 4:44 to go in the half. Seton Hall, however, maintained at least a double-digit lead for the rest of the half, and was up 38-24 on two free throws by Copeland with 10 seconds left in the half.

    Iona's first-half frustration was typified by its final possession, in which Soliver dribbled around the perimeter under heavy pressure and didn't get a shot off before time expired.

    Seton Hall extended the lead to 50-34 on Copeland's 3-pointer from the left wing with 14:21 left. That basket was part of an 11-2 run that put the Pirates ahead 56-36 with 11:02 left. Iona didn't get closer than the final score.

    Grant Billmeier had 11 points for the Pirates.

    Steve Burtt Jr. scored 18 points and Soliver added 17 the Gaels, who other loss was to No. 18 Kentucky. Burtt, who was guarded much of the time by Seton Hall forward Stan Gaines, shot 7-for-20 from the field.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    IONA
    HALL
    Points 59 73
    FG Made-Attempted 21-57 (.368) 23-49 (.469)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-16 (.313) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-22 (.545) 22-27 (.815)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 20

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