Jeron Belin scored 17 points as Saint Peter's beat Iona, 62-57, in the MAAC Tournament final Monday night in Bridgeport, Conn., securing the Peacocks' first NCAA berth in 16 years.

Nick Leon added 15 points for the fourth-seeded Peacocks (20-13), who upset top-seeded Fairfield on Sunday. A nine-game winning streak ended for Iona (22-11), which trailed by 12 before rallying late to cut the deficit to three.

Michael Glover had 23 points for Iona, which was averaging almost 80 points a game in its first season under Tim Cluess, former coach of St. Mary's High School, Suffolk CC and C.W. Post. The Gaels' 57 points were a season low.

Coach John Dunne said his players like to run, but after being blown out twice by Iona during the regular season, they realized they had to slow things down to have a chance.

"As players, they have to believe in that," Dunne said. "If they were a different group, they might say, 'Hey, no, we can run with them.' It's a pride thing. But these guys knew exactly what we needed to do to win."

Iona came in shooting almost 48 percent from the field, but made only 19 of 59 shots. Iona, which was second in the conference in three-point shooting, was 3-for-18 from behind the arc, and the Peacocks hit seven three-pointers.

Old Dominion wins CAA

Frank Hassell scored 22 points and Old Dominion withstood a second-half rally by Virginia Commonwealth and defended its Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title with a 70-65 victory in Richmond, Va.

The Monarchs (27-6) won their ninth straight and earned the league's automatic NCAA berth, likely depriving the CAA of its first three-team contingent in the field of 68. Regular-season champion George Mason is likely to receive an at-large bid.

In other championship games:

Freshman guard David Stockton, with Hall of Fame father John Stockton in the stands, hit a three-pointer to put Gonzaga ahead 58-53, and the Zags beat Saint Mary's, 75-63, in Las Vegas to win the West Coast Conference Tournament. Gonzaga (24-9) received an automatic NCAA bid, and the Gaels (24-8) will have to hope for an at-large berth . . . Cameron Rundles had 21 points to send Wofford (21-12) to a second straight NCAA berth with a 77-67 win over College of Charleston (24-10) in the Southern Conference final in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Texas Tech fires Knight

Texas Tech fired Pat Knight, ending a disappointing tenure for a coach who has failed to make the NCAA Tournament after taking over for his father, Bob, in February 2008. He will coach the 13-18 Red Raiders at this week's Big 12 Tournament.

Knight, 40, has a 50-60 record in his first Division I coaching job and his third full year as head coach. He had only one winning season.

Women: UConn-Irish final

Three-time All-American Maya Moore scored 22 points and Kelly Faris added 19 to lead No. 1 Connecticut (31-1) to a 75-51 win over Rutgers in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament in Hartford. In tonight's championship game, UConn will face No. 10 Notre Dame (26-6), which edged No. 9 DePaul, 71-67.

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