Iona beats Manhattan to win MAAC tournament title

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 11:35 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Tre Bowman scored 20 points and Iona earned a berth in the NCAA tournament with a 60-57 win over rival Manhattan on Monday night in the MAAC championship game.

Lamont Jones added 14 points and earned tournament MVP honors for the fourth-seeded Gaels (20-13), who will be making their second consecutive trip to the NCAAs after receiving an at-large bid last year.

Michael Alvarado had 14 points for Manhattan (14-18). The Jaspers led for much of the game and were up by five in the second half before Manhattan went on a 17-2 run to take charge.

This is the Gaels' eighth MAAC title but first since 2006. The victory also gives Iona 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season.

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