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Iona 73, Holy Cross 63

March 2, 1989

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) _ Nestor Payne scored 20 points and Iona jumped to a 13-0 lead en route to a 73-63 victory over Holy Cross in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs Wednesday night.

Iona, the No. 3 seed, held the Crusaders scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes and built 34-19 halftime lead as Chip Langdon went 4-for-4 from 3- point range. The Gaels extended their lead to 42-21 with 17:59 remaining.

Langdon and Glenn Grant each had 14 points for Iona and Sean Green added 13. Lorn Davis led Holy Cross with 16 points and Chris Fedina had 14.

Ionam 15-15, will face second-seeded St. Peter’s in the semifinals on Saturday at East Rutherford, N.J. Holy Cross finished its season 13-14.