ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Ricky Soliver scored a career-high 31
points, leading Iona to a 100-84 victory over Marist in the Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals Sunday night.
Soliver, who finished 10-of-18, made his first five field-goal
attempts and five free throws of the second half, sparking a surge
that broke the game open for the Gaels (22-7). Steve Burtt added 30
points and Kiril Wachsmann had 18 to help Iona advance to the MAAC
championship game for the 10th time in the tournament's 25-year
history and first since 2001.
The Gaels will face St. Peter's Monday night with an automatic
NCAA tournament berth on the line. St. Peter's beat Manhattan 84-74
earlier in the day, upsetting the conference's regular-season
Tied at 46 at the half, the Gaels hit their first 10 attempts
and built a 74-62 edge with 9:35 left. That's when Soliver
completed a three-point play after he was fouled while tipping in
Burtt's miss -- Iona's first miss of the period.
Marist, which missed only seven of 23 attempts in the first
half, couldn't keep up, never closing to within five points.
The 184 combined points mark the fifth most scored in the MAAC
tournament, 12 short of the record set in a regulation game. Iona's
100 points were also the fifth most scored by one team in a