Scores

Final

Iona 74

(20-7, 13-5 MAAC)

Manhattan 78

(18-9, 14-4 MAAC)

    6:15 PM ET, February 26, 2006

    Draddy Gymnasium, Riverdale, New York

    1 2 T
    IONA 41 3374
    MAN 34 4478

    Top Performers

    Iona: S. Burtt 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl

    Manhattan: J. Xavier 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Manhattan 78, Iona 74

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeff Xavier scored 23 points and Manhattan rallied in the second half to defeat Iona 78-74 Sunday night and win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in the final regular-season game for both teams.

    Jason Wingate scored 16 points, Devon Austin had 12, and Arturo Dubois had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Jaspers (18-9, 14-4), who earned a bye into the semifinals of next weekend's MAAC tournament.

    Steve Burtt scored 24 points and Ricky Soliver had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Gaels (20-7, 13-5), who would have won the MAAC with a victory.

    In finishing in second , Iona earned a bye into the MAAC quarterfinals.

    The Gaels, who led by seven at the break, were ahead by as much as 44-34 after Soliver scored 1:23 into the second half.

    Wingate nailed two free throws to cap an 18-7 run that gave Manhattan its first lead in the second half at 52-51 with 11:02 remaining.

    Soliver scored with 3:16 left to give Iona a 70-67 lead.

    Dubois then scored to cut the edge to 70-69, Mike Konovelchick tied it on a free throw with 2:31 left and Wingate's basket with 1:58 to go provided the Jaspers with a 72-70 lead.

    There were 55 fouls whistled in the game that produced 11 lead changes and five ties, with Manhattan converting 26-of-32 free throws and Iona going 24-for-35.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    IONA
    MAN
    Points 74 78
    FG Made-Attempted 21-54 (.389) 24-64 (.375)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-16 (.500) 4-21 (.190)
    FT Made-Attempted 24-35 (.686) 26-32 (.813)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 28 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 4

    2005-06 Season

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