Iona wins Great Alaska Shootout on a buzzer-beater


With the score tied at 73-all, Iona guard Jon Severe drove to the bucket and converted on a left-handed layup over two Nevada defenders with only half a second remaining on the clock.

The last-second score gave the Gaels the 2016 Great Alaska Shootout title with a 75-73 victory over the Wolf Pack.

Sam Cassell Jr., the UConn transfer, finished with 20 points. All six of his field goals came from beyond the 3-point arc. The hero of the night, Severe, the Fordham transfer, ended with eight. Marcus Marshall had a game-high 21 points in a losing effort.

Iona, projected to be a contender in the MAAC once again, got off to an 0-2 start this season. That included a loss to Nevada a week ago. The Gaels blew a double-digit halftime lead before dropping a 91-76 decision.

The Gaels, winners of three straight, return back to the east coast to begin conference play against Saint Peter’s on Dec. 2.