NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Senior Scott Machado’s first career triple-double was complimented by 20+ point efforts by senior Mike Glover and junior Lamont Jones as the Iona College men’s basketball team out lasted Marist 83-74 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at the Hynes Center. The Gaels (20-6, 12-3 MAAC) moved back into a tie for first place with Loyola in the league standings by virtue of the Greyhounds loss at home to Fairfield.
Machado became the second player in Iona history to record a triple-double, joining former Iona standout Nakiea Miller. Miller posted 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks vs. Fairfield in the 2000 MAAC semifinal round. After flirting with the feat on several occasions this season, Machado finally got over the hump with 1:03 remaining posting his 10th point of the contest. He added 10 assists and a career-high 11 rebounds in the win.
Glover posted his 13th double-double of the year and seventh in the last nine games with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jones added 23 points, his 10th 20+ point effort of the year and fifth in the last nine contests.
Much like the first meeting between the two teams in Poughkeepsie, the Gaels got off to a fast start, leading the Red Foxes (9-16, 4-10 MAAC) 23-7 less than eight and a half minutes into the contest. Junior Taaj Ridley’s baseline jumper, his fourth of the stretch gave the Gaels their largest lead of the contest with 11:34 to play in the half. Marist chipped away and cut the deficit to four points at 30-26 at the 5:05 mark. A Glover layup with 91 seconds left put the Gaels ahead 42-34. Marist scored the final four points of the frame to go in to halftime down by four.
After a Glover dunk off a feed from Machado at the 18:53 mark, Marist scored the game’s next eight points to take its first advantage of the contest. Chavaughn Lewis’ three-pointer at 16:56 made the score 46-44. Two Isaiah Morton free throws just over a minute later put the visitors ahead by its largest margin at 52-47. An 15-3 run by the Gaels over the next 4:23 was capped by a Jones’ three-pointer as Iona led by seven points with 11:14 to play. The Red Foxes would get within three points at 9:04 on two Lewis free throws, but that would be as close as they would get. After another Lewis bucket at 7:09 put he score at 68-65, Iona scored 13 of the next 17 to take a 12-point advantage with 2:52 to play. Machado completed his triple-double with 1:03 to play and gave Iona a 83-70 advantage before Marist finished with the game’s final four points.
Glover shot 11-for-19 from the field while Jones was 9-for-17. Sophomore Sean Armand scored nine while Ridley added eight in a supporting role of the Gaels big three. Iona out shot Marist 53.1% – 46.4% for the game. They shot an identical 17-for-32 in both halfs. Marist had a 32-31 advantage on the boards, with the help of a 18-14 lead in the second frame. Iona had its 15th 20 assist effort of the season with an even 20 and forced 16 Red Fox turnovers.
Lewis and junior Devin Price had 20 points apiece for the visitors while rookie Manny Thomas added 10 off the bench. After a 25-point, 15-rebound effort in their first meeting, sophomore Adam Kemp was held to just four points and four rebounds in tonight’s game.
Iona earned its 20th win of the season, to earn the 17th 20-win season in program history. It’s also the third straight year with 20 or more wins, just the third time the program has accomplished the feat (1981-85, 1995-98).
Iona will play its final road contest of the regular season on Wednesday (Feb. 15) when they travel to Rider for a 7:00 pm tilt in Lawrenceville, NJ. The Gaels then host Nevada on Saturday (Feb. 18) in a 4:00 pm tipoff on ESPN2 in a Sears Bracketbuster contest.