Nelly Joseph and Walter Clayton Jr. made key free throws within the last seconds to raise Iona over No. 10 Alabama 72-68 in an opening-round recreation on the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday night time.

Clayton received an offensive rebound and made considered one of two free throws to make it 70-68 with 20 seconds left. After Jahvon Quinerly missed a shot for Alabama, Joseph secured the win with two free throws with 9 seconds remaining,

Joseph and Clayton each completed with 15 factors.

“I’m happy for the guys,” Iona coach Rick Pitino stated. “They are great guys to coach. I’m really, really excited, happy for them.”

Tyson Jolly had 13 factors, Elijah Joiner 12 and Quinn Slazinski 11 for Iona (6-0).

“It was one of our first goals, and we accomplished it,” Jolly stated. “Our goal was to start the year 6-0 and we did that tonight.”

Alabama (4-1) received 19 factors from Jaden Shackelford. Quinerly added 15. There was no fast postgame media session with the Crimson Tide as a result of they held a prolonged assembly after the loss.

Joiner hit a 3 to place Iona up 69-65, however Shackelford linked from lengthy vary to make it a one-point recreation with 56 seconds to go.

Joseph made two free throws throughout an 11-3 run to offer Iona a 59-57 benefit. Alabama’s Darius Miles responded with a layup, however Jolly made a 3 to place Iona again forward 62-59 on the 4-minute mark. Shackelford’s 3 put Alabama forward 54-48.

Iona gained regardless of a 4 ½ minute-stretch early within the second half and not using a discipline purpose. Alabama was up 33-29 on the half, which matched the most important lead through the opening 20 minutes.


Alabama: Will doubtless drop in subsequent week’s rankings after a loss to an unbeaten workforce.

Iona: A powerful run by the invitational might give Pitino one other Top 25 workforce.


Pitino thought a key for Iona was to restrict Alabama’s 3-point manufacturing. The Crimson Tide made simply 4 in 12 tries.

“If we could limit them from a large number of 3s, I felt we had a shot,” Pitino stated.

Alabama entered averaging 10.8 3-pointers a recreation.


Alabama ahead Juwan Gary returned after lacking two video games with an ankle damage, and had 4 factors in 20 minutes.


Alabama beat Iona 68-55 within the first spherical of final season’s NCAA event.


Iona: Will play Belmont on Friday in a semifinal.

Alabama: Plays Drake on Friday within the comfort spherical.