SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Lamont Jones scored 33 points and Sean Armand 24 to give Iona an 89-85 victory over Canisius in Saturday's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
Jones made all 14 of his free throws and Armand was 11 of 12 for the fourth-seeded Gaels (18-13), who will play top-seeded Niagara in Sunday's semifinals. Twelve of Jones' free throws came in the final 7:35, and consecutive layups by Jones and Taaj Ridley gave Iona an 82-77 lead with 59 seconds left.
The Gaels made 34 of 40 free throws (85 percent), while the fifth-seeded Golden Griffins (18-13) were 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) from the line.