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Iona defeats Monmouth, 79-76, to win MAAC title and clinch NCAA berth

Iona defeats Monmouth, 79-76, to win MAAC title and clinch NCAA berth

A.J. English hit a fadeaway jumper with 1:39 left to break a tie and Deyshonee Much followed with a driving layup that he converted into a three-point play, and second-seeded Iona beat top-seeded Monmouth, 79-76, on Monday night in Albany, N.Y., to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title and the NCAA tournament berth that goes with it.

The Hawks (27-7), who joined the MAAC in 2013, were seeking their first tournament appearance since 2006 when they were members of the Northeast Conference. They entered the title game on a five-game winning streak and had won 13 of 14 in a storybook season, the lone loss coming at Iona (22-10).

With a solid resume, the Hawks...

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