Despite a fine effort by Manhattan, 4th seed Iona held the Jaspers off for a 60-57 win earning a trip to the Big Dance.
Manhattan led most of the first half fueled by solid defense and held a two point halftime lead. They held the lead until the 13:21 mark of the second half when the Gaels finally pulled ahead. Despite a strong effort by Manhattan, Iona never relinquished the lead again.
Tre Bowman came off the bench to score 20 points for Iona, pulling down 5 rebounds on the night. Lamont Jones had 14 points in the game.
Iona was strong at the free throw line where they went 15-17 on the game, helping to fend off a Jasper comeback.
The MAAC was a tournament of upsets leading to a 4 and 6 seed playing for the Championship. The Gaels took out top seed Niagara en route to their Championship. The two and three seeds fell in the quarterfinals.
Iona enters the NCAA Tournament with a record of 20-13. After losing three in a row and 6 out of their last 7, they have put a 6 game winning streak together heading to the Big Dance.