Canisius 89 Iona 83

The Griffs beat Iona 89-83 Tuesday night at the Koessler Center.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Phil Valenti scored 18 points, Kassius Robertson forced two late turnovers, and Canisius closed on a 6-0 spurt to beat Iona 89-83 on Tuesday night.

Jermaine Crumpton added 17 points and made four 3-pointers for the Golden Griffins (16-11, 9-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Kiefer Douse chipped in 16 for Canisius, which had six in double-figures.

Robertson forced a turnover that led to Crumpton's 3-pointer, giving Canisius an 86-83 lead with 1:19 to play. Iona committed a turnover on its next possession, but Taylor Bessick blocked a shot and Robertson missed a 3, and the Gaels had the ball with 33 seconds left. Robertson forced another turnover and made two free throws to stretch the lead to 88-83.

The Gaels' Deyshonee Much missed a 3-pointer and Malik Johnson split a pair of free throws to end it.

Jon Severe and Jordan Washington scored 15 points apiece to lead Iona (17-10, 10-6).  Washington grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

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