PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Alpha Diallo tossed in 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds and A. J. Reeves scored 20 to propel Providence to a 91-79 victory over Iona on Saturday.
Isaiah Jackson came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers and score 13 with six rebounds for the Friars (4-2), while fellow reserve Nate Watson added 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting. The 91 points was a season high for Providence.
E.J. Crawford scored 21, Asante Gist added 20 points and both players grabbed five rebounds for the Gaels (2-3).
Diallo had 15 points, on 10-of-15 shooting, in the first half to help the Friars take a 48-32 lead into intermission. A Reeves 3-pointer and a dunk by Kalif Young upped the advantage to 55-34 just 2:13 into the second half. Iona pulled within 78-68 on a 3-pointer by Crawford with 6:41 remaining but would get no closer.