GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Iona 72, Alabama 68

(AP Photo/Jacob M. Langston)

By MARK DIDTLER
Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Nelly Joseph and Walter Clayton Jr. made key free throws in the final seconds to lift Iona over No. 10 Alabama 72-68 in an opening-round game at the ESPN Events Invitational.

Clayton got an offensive rebound and made one of two free throws to make it 70-68 with 20 seconds left. After Jahvon Quinerly missed a shot for Alabama, Joseph secured the win with two free throws with 9 seconds remaining,

Tyson Jolly had 13 points, Elijah Joiner 12 and Quinn Slazinski 11 for Iona (6-0)

Alabama (4-1) got 19 points from Jaden Shackelford. Quinerly added 15.

Joiner hit a 3 to put Iona up 69-65, but Shackelford connected from long range to make it a one-point game with 56 seconds to go.

Joseph made two free throws during an 11-3 run to give Iona a 59-57 advantage. Alabama's Darius Miles responded with a layup, but Jolly made a 3 to put Iona back ahead 62-59 at the 4-minute mark. Shackelford's 3 put Alabama ahead 54-48.

Iona won despite a 4 1/2 minute-stretch early in the second half without a field goal. Alabama was up 33-29 at the half, which matched the biggest lead during the opening 20 minutes.


Alabama
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. Gurley F 19 3-5 0-0 1-2 2-4 0 0 1 2 3 7
C. Bediako C 21 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 1 1 2 4 4
J. Quinerly G 36 6-14 3-7 0-2 0-2 2 0 2 1 1 15
K. Ellis G 33 2-3 0-0 0-1 2-8 1 2 2 1 1 4
J. Shackelford G 31 6-17 3-4 4-10 1-10 1 0 0 2 3 19
J. Davison   23 2-3 4-8 0-0 1-2 3 0 1 2 0 8
J. Gary   20 2-3 0-2 0-0 2-7 0 0 0 2 2 4
D. Miles   16 2-7 3-4 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 7
A. Tchikou   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
K. Ambrose-Hylton   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 25-56
(.446)
13-25
(.520)
5-17
(.294)
8-38 7 3 7 13 18 68


Iona
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. Junior Joseph F 35 5-10 5-6 0-0 2-11 1 4 2 2 3 15
B. JeanLouis F 25 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-2 2 0 4 1 4 2
Q. Slazinski F 23 5-13 0-1 1-7 0-3 2 0 0 3 2 11
T. Jolly G 33 4-7 4-6 1-1 1-3 0 0 0 1 2 13
E. Joiner G 29 4-10 2-2 2-6 1-6 2 0 0 1 2 12
D. van Eyck   22 2-4 0-0 0-1 0-2 3 0 2 3 2 4
W. Clayton Jr.   20 5-9 5-6 0-3 1-4 2 0 0 0 1 15
R. Myers   12 0-4 0-0 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 0
J. Duach   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 26-59
(.441)
16-21
(.762)
4-21
(.190)
5-31 13 4 8 13 17 72
Officials: Doug Sirmons, Vladimir Voyard-Tadal, Keith Patterson




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