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Iona knocks off Marist 56-51

Feb 7, 2010 - 10:15 PM POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.(AP) -- Scott Machado scored 17 points as Iona pulled away late for a 56-51 victory over Marist on Sunday.

Rashon Dwight added 12 points and the Gaels (18-7, 10-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) held Marist to one field goal in the final 3:49 to win for the ninth time in 10 games.

Marist pulled to 50-48 on Candon Rusin's free throw with 3:12 remaining, but Dwight and Machado followed with four consecutive free throws for a 54-48 advantage with 51 seconds to play.

Marist missed three 3-point attempts before Iona's Jermel Jenkins added two more free throws for a 56-48 lead with 12 seconds left. Marist's Rob Johnson hit a 3 with 7 seconds left for the final margin.

Iona didn't score from the field after Machado's layup with 7:51 to play.

Alejo Rodriguez had nine points and 10 rebounds for Iona.

Rusin scored 17 and Daye Kaba had 10 points for Marist (1-23, 1-13).