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Iona men's basketball player Lamont Jones hugs Karen (Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Iona men's basketball player Lamont Jones hugs Karen Cluess, wife of head coach Tim Cluess, at a send-off for the team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Iona basketball team cheered on way to NCAA Tournament vs. Ohio State

Students, fans and cheerleaders gathered outside the Hynes Athletics Center at Iona College in New Rochelle to give a send-off to the men's basketball team, which is headed to play Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Iona men's basketball player Lamont Jones hugs Karen
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Iona men's basketball player Lamont Jones hugs Karen Cluess, wife of head coach Tim Cluess, at a send-off for the team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Iona men's basketball player Sean Armand, center, hands
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Iona men's basketball player Sean Armand, center, hands the microphone to teammate Lamont Jones, both captains, at a send-off for the team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Cheerleaders, clockwise from left, Melissa Soutar, Sade Amazan,
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Cheerleaders, clockwise from left, Melissa Soutar, Sade Amazan, Mai Bunkley and Narissa Black, all 19, hug one another at the send-off the Iona men's basketball team at Iona College in New Rochelle. (March 20, 2013)

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Iona men's basketball Lamont Jones, a captain, prepares
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Iona men's basketball Lamont Jones, a captain, prepares to speak at a send-off for the team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Cheerleader Narissa Black, 19, center, hugs teammates as
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Cheerleader Narissa Black, 19, center, hugs teammates as students and fans gather to send off the Iona men's basketball team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Iona men's basketball players Lamont Jones, left, and
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Iona men's basketball players Lamont Jones, left, and Sean Armand, both captains, are interviewed at a send-off for the team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Cheerleading coach Stephanie Walters hands a pom pom
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Cheerleading coach Stephanie Walters hands a pom pom to a cheerleader during a send-off for the Iona men's basketball team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Iona College men's basketball player Tavon Sledge is
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Iona College men's basketball player Tavon Sledge is interviewed at a send-off for the team in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

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Cheerleader Gabrielle Jordan, 21, ties a bow in
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Cheerleader Gabrielle Jordan, 21, ties a bow in her hair as students and fans gather to send off the Iona men's basketball team at Iona College in New Rochelle. (March 20, 2013)

Iona men's basketball player DeSean Anderson and teammates
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Iona men's basketball player DeSean Anderson and teammates board a bus at Iona College in New Rochelle during a send-off for the players. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

Iona men's basketball Lamont Jones, a captain, boards
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Iona men's basketball Lamont Jones, a captain, boards the bus at a send-off for the team at Iona College in New Rochelle. The team is playing Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. (March 20, 2013)

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