NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Smith scored 18 points and Mike McFadden 16 as Iona ended a two-game losing streak with an 80-64 win over Long Island University on Wednesday night.
The Gaels (5-4) used an 8-0 run early in the second half to build a 54-39 cushion.
The Blackbirds (4-4), who never led, got within 62-53 with 7:14 remaining before Iona began a 13-3 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Trinity Fields and five consecutive points by Scott Machado.
Iona forced 21 turnovers and hit 11 3-pointers to overcome a 45-33 LIU advantage on the glass.
David Hicks scored 18 points and Kenny Onyechi 17 to lead LIU, and Onyechi blocked four shots.
The Blackbirds had a two-game winning streak ended.
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