Marvin Prochet and Dominic Robb had double-doubles and Niagara held on for its first conference win of the season 95-90 over Iona on Friday night.
Prochet finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Robb had 13 points and 10 boards, and Raheem Solomon scored 18 for the Purple Eagles (8-8, 1-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
Niagara went on an 11-0 run to pull away to a 13-point lead just before the midpoint of the second half and the Purple Eagles led 85-75 on Greg Kuakumensah's dunk with 3:45 left.
Iona rallied with E.J. Crawford's back-to-back layups in the final minute and Asante Gist's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left pulling the Gaels within 93-90. Niagara's James Towns missed the front end of a one-and-one with 14 seconds left to give Iona a chance to tie, but Gist missed a 3-point attempt with four seconds left and Marcus Hammond made two free throws to cap the scoring for the Purple Eagles.
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Crawford scored 23 and Tajuan Agee and Rickey McGill added 22 points each for the Gaels (4-10, 2-1).