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Niagara Moves On

ALBANY -- Evidently, Tyrone Lewis wasn't ready for his stellar career to come to an end. Niagara's senior guard scored nine of his 21 points in the final 1:45 as the sixth-seeded Purple Eagles beat Iona, 68-64, in the final game of the MAAC Tournament quarterfinals in the Times Union Center.

Lewis buried a three-point shot from the left side to give Niagara the lead, 56-54, with 1:45 to play. Lewis made two free throws on the Eagles' ensuing possesion to make it 58-54. Niagara seemed safely ahead, 66-59, but Iona scored five quick points to pull within two, 66-64, with 5.3 seconds to play. Lewis, who was MVP of the MAAC tourney as a freshman, calmly sank both free throws to seal the win for the No. 6 seed.

Niagara made 18 consecutive free throws in one stretch of the second half and finished 33-for-38 from the foul line (87 percent). Senior Bilal Benn had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Niagara, now 18-14. The Purple Eagles meet Fairfield in Sunday's MAAC semifinals.

--- Jerry Sullivan.


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