Freeman hits winner at buzzer, Long Beach State tops Iona
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Temidayo Yussuf scored 18 points, KJ Byers had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Ron Freeman made a game-winning layup at the buzzer, helping Long Beach State beat Iona 86-85 on Monday in the middleweight bracket of the MGM Resorts Main Event.
Asante Gist put Iona ahead with 4.7 seconds to go on a layup in traffic, but Freeman took the inbound pass and went coast-to-coast to for a layup. He fell to the ground on the shot in front of his bench and his teammates rushed the court to pile on in celebration.
Long Beach State led 41-40 at halftime and extended it to 63-53, the only double-digit lead of the game for either team, with 11 minutes to play. Neither team had a run of more than six points in the second half.