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Iona nearly squanders 15-point lead but holds on the beat Marist 72-68

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POUGHKEEPSIE, New York — David Laury had 21 points and 18 rebounds on Friday night and Iona held off a late charge to beat Marist 72-68.

A.J. English made two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to seal it for the Gaels (22-6, 15-2 Metro Atlantic). Schadrac Casimir and English added 19 points each.

Iona matched its largest lead at 66-51 with 6:50 to go after Marist (5-22, 4-13) led 35-34 at halftime.

Chauvaughn Lewis made 1 of 2 free throws to pull Marist back within three at 69-66 with 20.8 seconds left.

Lewis finished with 25 points and reached 2,000 career points on a driving layup with 3:23 left in the first half. He became the 12th member of the MAAC's 2,000-point club and the second at Marist. Lewis (2,013) needs 65 points to pass Steve Smith (1979-83, 2077) for the Marist record.

T.J. Curry added a career-high 17 for the Red Foxes.

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