Iona falls to second seed Duke in NCAA Tournament, 89-67

Iona falls to second seed Duke in NCAA Tournament, 89-67

The Iona Gaels are back in the tournament for the third year in a row, and while that pales in comparison to Duke's current 23-year run, it should give the 15th-seeded Gaels some confidence as they go up against the No. 2 seed Blue Devils in Pittsburgh.

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So there are clearly still some things for the Duke youngsters to learn, a fact that had the coaches and upperclassmen on guard before the game. "So this is a first for them". It's just nerves. We didn't have (them) today, but you can have it. Now you're in it. Roland Griffin infiltrated the middle of the zone for midrange jumpers, and Zach Lewis knocked down a 3-pointer late in the half to bring the Gaels' total to 39 points.

But when that foundation started to crumble, the Blue Devils showed they have more in their bag of tricks.

The Duke freshmen were able to focus and post a first-round win in the NCAAs, 89-67 over Iona.

Allen and his two freshmen teammates combined for 51 points and 18 assist of Duke's 24 assists. "Switching into a 3-2, that took away all those top three spots for threes, so I think that helped us a lot". "We came out very well".

A jumper by Griffin pulled Iona within 26-23 about 9 minutes into the game as the two teams played at a breakneck pace. The Gaels had no answer, scoring just 28 points after the break and shooting 1-of-15 from 3-point range. Also recovering from an ankle injury, Duval dished out eight assists, most in a tournament game by a Duke freshman since 2006. "I mean, the man I know, I've been on Earth for 19 years now, he's great, so for him to have a losing record against anyone is shocking", forward Marques Bolden said. The first team in his path is a Gaels squad that won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as the No. 4 seed in the league tournament.

"Everyone in the tournament is good", Krzyzewski said, "but they are experienced good". "That's what you want to do is build a program that develops teams year after year, and he's done that at Rhode Island".

Duke just needs to hope that its inexperienced crew is good enough.

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