Iona runs away from Canisius 71-55 in MAAC quarterfinals

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A.J. English hit five 3-pointers, scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 2 seed Iona beat No. 7 seed Canisius 71-55 in Friday night's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals matchup.

The Gaels (20-10) advance to Sunday's semifinals and will play the winner of Saturday's contest between No. 3 seed Siena (20-11) and No. 6 seed Manhattan (13-17).

Iona led 43-28 at halftime after making 9 of 17 3-pointers (52.9 percent), led by English and Isaiah Williams, with three 3s each. Six of Iona's seven made field goals in the first 8:25 of the game were from behind the arc.

English hit his fifth 3 and Iona led by 21 points with 14:16 left in the second half. Canisius trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

Williams finished with four 3s, 18 points and seven assists. Rickey McGill added 14 for the Gaels, which shot 43.3 percent from long distance overall.

Phil Valenti scored 13 for Canisius (14-19), which shot 21 of 50 from the field.