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Williams has 20 points, leads N. Kentucky to 85-72 win

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Carson Williams hit 9 of 11 from the floor to total 20 points as Northern Kentucky rolled over Iona 85-72 in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase on Saturday night.

Northern Kentucky will play Vermont in the championship game Sunday.

Drew McDonald added 15 points, Jalen Tate had 14 and Lavone Holland II chipped in 11 for Northern Kentucky which has won four straight to open the season.

The Norse never trailed but Iona did not go quietly. Northern Kentucky was up 45-33 at the break before Iona mounted a charge in the second half. Zach Lewis nailed a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 54-52 at the 13:53 mark. Tate responded with a free throw and a layup and Dantez Walton made two-straight layups as the Norse widened the lead to 63-55 with 9:37 left. Holland hit two consecutive treys to go ahead 80-70 with 1:38 left.

Lewis led the Gaels (1-3) with 19 points.

Updated November 18, 2017

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