By Nick Veronica
FINAL: Iona 75-72. Baron’s long three no good.
5.2: Bowman hits the first, Baron takes timeout. Iona’s up 2 right now with one more shot coming. … gets it.
5.2: Iona gets it in, foul not called for almost four seconds. 1 and 1 coming from Bowman.
9.0: Baron throws in to Manhertz, who dunks to make it 73-72 Iona. Griffs must foul. Baron timeout.
28.2: Baron’s three misses. Iona gets the board, Perez fouls.
59.0: Laury gets a bucket and 1, foul on Manhertz, his third. He misses from the line. Iona 72-70.
1:29: Billy Baron fouled on the way to the hoop, goes down in some pain. Can’t even tell what he hurt. He hits both, tied at 70.
1:39: Iona misses a three.
2:01: Baron misses a three.
2:44: Perez fouled on a fast break, hits 1 of 2 to make it 70-68.
3:09: Manhertz with another big rebound, Baron goes end to end. 70-67.
3:45: Baron hits the front end of the 1 and 1, then finishes it. 70-65, he’s up to 19.
3:45: Baron gets a steal and is fouled by AJ English before he can get to the hoop. English’s third foul, Canisius into the bonus.
4:06: Baron hits a 3, he’s up to 17. 70-63.
4:21: David Laury at the line, hits both. Iona 70-60.
5:15: AJ English with a 3 after Iona got an offensive rebound and reset. 68-60.
6:01: Manhertz blocked by Laury, ball eventually gets to Jordan Heath who finishes. 65-60.
7:02: Iona beats the 1-3-1, up 65-58.
8:00: Canisius gets a stop it needs and Manhertz calls timeout before a jump ball called. Griffs went 1-3-1 zone there it looked like, out of the timeout.
8:38: Jordan Heath’s first points of the night come on a big dunk. Griffs back within 5, 63-58. Manhertz is having a day, 13 pts and 9 rebs.
10:31: Baron hits 1 of 2 from the line but gets his own rebound and scores. 61-54.
10:31: Gaels still shooting 58.1%. Griffs need some magic soon, down 61-51.
11:05: Baron with two Canisius baskets in a row, he’s up to 11. Griffs trail by 10.
11:46: Time winding down here for the Griffs. Iona up 61-49.
13:29: Baron’s three hits front rim. He has 7 points. Doesn’t look right.
14:26: Iona’s Sean Armand and David Laury both have 3 fouls. (Check this one — Laury had 2 at this point and picked up his third shortly after)
15:27: Manhertz hits from the line to cut it to 54-47.
16:16: English gets a layup to put Iona up 9, 54-45, its biggest lead so far.
16:55: Manhertz has his shot blocked but gets fouled going for the rebound. Ion up 52-45.
18:13: Jordan Heath grabs two rebounds early on. First half stats had him at 0.
20:00: Iona inbounds the ball and we’re underway in the second half. David Laury has two fouls.
0.0: Armand hits a turnaround shot just before the horn, Iona leads 48-41 at half.
32.4: Manhertz finds Raney for a 3 but it rims out, Manhertz with a tough rebound. He gets 1 of 2 from the line. 46-41.
1:45: Armand hits back and Williams adds another. 44-39 Iona.
2:56: #Raneytime answers with a three.
3:18: Armand hits a 3 at the end of the shot clock. Iona 38-36.
3:41: Jordan Heath hops over the first row of media seats chasing a loose ball. Luckily … not a capacity crowd.
4:02: Baron attacks for 2 and Raney steals the inbound pass. Canisius has its first lead at 36-35; Iona led by as many as 8.
5:01: Manhertz with the layup and 1. Iona up 35-34.
5:06: Iona up 35-31 before a foul call on Laury. Not a great appearance here for Dominique Raney.
6:41: Josiah Heath in some pain after trying to take a charge. He went down funny. Nothing too serious though. Iona leads 31-29 with FTs coming.
7:35: Iona strikes quick, 31-26.
8:31: Phil Valenti with two nice offensive boards and he’ll shoot two … we’re tied at 26.
9:24: Perez gets a shooter’s roll. 26-24 Iona.
9:59: Lot of action here so a late U12 media timeout, but Canisius has withstood Iona’s early onslaught and has it back to 24-22. Zach Lewis leading the way with 11 points.
11:14: Nice putback slam from Tre Bowman, who came out of nowhere.
11:37: Baron hits his first shot of the day, a three. Griffs down 22-20.
12:17: Chris Manhertz with a man’s rebound plus the foul. He misses though, Griffs down 20-17. No mask.
12:51: Hey, Iona missed a shot.
14:03: Zach Lewis steals a steal and a layup. Iona 18-13. Lewis has 11.
14:36: Griffs get a shot clock violation. Iona playing a zone.
15:12: U16 timeout, Iona is on fire early, hitting 6 of its first 8 shots, including 4 three-pointers. Griffs 4 of 10 (3/6 from three). Gaels up 18-11.
16:36: Putback dunk from Manhertz but Iona can’t miss. 13-8.
17:59: Iona hits its first three shots, 8-3.
18:47: Iona and Canisius trade threes, Williams and Lewis.
19:43: Baron picks up a foul 17 seconds into the game, a charge on Poole.
20:00: The tip is won by Jordan Heath and we’re underway. Winner goes to the MAAC Championship.
Pregame: Canisius starts the usual: Baron, Perez, Manherz, Lewis, Heath. Iona goes with Sean Armand, A.J. English, Tre Bowman, Mike Poole and Isaiah Williams.
Pregame: Welcome to the Canisius-Iona live blog. Tip is at 4:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Here’s some pregame reading:
Canisius advanced to the MAAC semifinals for the first time since 2002, but milestones aren’t enough. They need two more wins.Follow @nickveronica