E.J. Crawford put Iona up 85-83 with under a minute to go and Siena’s Nico Clareth missed a three-point attempt with the shot-clock running down.
IONA HEADED BACK TO THE DANCE!Gaels edge Siena, 87-86 in OT, to win @MAACSports and advance to #MarchMadness for second straight year. pic.twitter.com/vsolegf1Pu — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 7, 2017
After Washington’s foul shots, Marquis Wright hit a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer and finished with a game-high 29 points for Siena. Brett Bisping added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Javion Ogunyemi added 16 points. “I’m doing this for my grandma, emotionally speaking,” Washington said. “When I go to the line, I say her name three times. Deyshonee Much was huge for the Gaels, scoring 18 points and adding four assists. Rickey McGill added 14 points despite dislocating his finger in the first half. A year ago, the 6-foot-8 Washington went off for 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 steals when Iona stunned Monmouth in the MAAC championship game, 79-76. He did so hours after learning that a close friend had been killed in a car crash. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook
MAAC champion Iona with the trophy: pic.twitter.com/i5LYAeObxp— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais) March 7, 2017