INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Herb Jones scored 20 points to help Alabama pull away from Iona and coach Rick Pitino for a 68-55 victory in the NCAA Tournament. Jones had a steal and layup to highlight an 11-0 run to give the second-seeded Crimson Tide breathing room.
Pitino was taking his fifth school to the tournament and came in as a 15 seed against the SEC champs. The Gaels stayed close for 30 minutes. Isaiah Ross led them with 19 points