When the nation thought that the choke by Mississippi Valley State was bad, Iona decided to top that choke. I want to thank the NCAA decision committee for allowing Iona into the First Four of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The reason why I thank the NCAA is because the Iona Gaels (25-8) pulled off the biggest choke in tournament history.
Iona was up 49-24 on BYU (26-8) with six minutes to go in the first half. Everything was clicking for the Gaels. The press was causing turnovers, and the Gaels were making their shots.
The second half was a whole different story. BYU finally decided to use their height advantage by pounding the ball inside after the intermission. The interior duo of Noah Hartsock (23 points) and Brandon Davies (18 points, 15 rebounds) went absolutely ballistic on the Gaels.
The Gaels only scored 17 points in the second half to lose 78-72. Everyone will remember Iona now as the biggest First Four choke ever. The choke was so bad that Pres. Obama didn't stay to see the game. Where's the Heimlich manuever when Iona needed it? To make it even worse, they choked to Mormonism.