Berrick JeanLouis, Iona too strong for No. 10 Alabama

Berrick JeanLouis blocked a potential game-tying layup and Nelly Junior Joseph made two clinching two free throws to lift Iona to a 72-68 victory over No. 10 Alabama in the first round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Iona (6-0) will face either Belmont or Drake in the semifinals Friday.The Crimson Tide (4-1) will play the loser of the Belmont-Drake game in the consolation round.Joseph and Walter Clayton Jr. each scored 15 points for the Gaels, who rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit and avenged a loss to Alabama in the first round of NCAA Tournament last season.After Clayton made one of two foul shots with 20 seconds remaining for a 70-68 lead, Alabama’s Jahvon Quinerly drove the lane for a potential tying layup but his shot was blocked by JeanLouis. Joseph got the rebound.Jaden Shackelford scored 19 points and Quinerly added 15 for the Crimson Tide.Tyson Jolly scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half for Iona, including two clutch baskets late.