Iona Moves into MAAC Lead with Wins over Rider and Marist

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Iona Moves into MAAC Lead with Wins over Rider and Marist

Iona College moved into first place in the Metro Atlantic Conference standings with weekend wins at Rider and over Marist.

The Gaels are now 6-1 in the MAAC and 12-6 overall after getting off to an 0-3 start on the year.

Friday night, the Gaels held on for an exciting 100 to 96 overtime win at Rider in New Jersey.

Sunday the Gaels dominated through out a 79-41 win over Marist which saw coach Tim Cluess utilize his bench extensively. Freshman Sean Armand led the Gaels with 22 points off the bench demonstrating an accurate three point shot.

Junior newcomer Mike Glover coming off MAAC Player of the Week honors contributed nine rebounds versus Marist.

Guard Scott Machado had six points and eight assists versus Marist. Machado is second in the NCAA averaging 8.4 assists per game.

Freshman Sean Armond had a big weekend contributing 17 points Friday night and 22 more on Sunday including six of eight three-point shots.

The Gaels next week travel out to western New York State for games versus Niagara and Canisus.

Ken Kraetzer covered West Point football this fall for WVOX and SAL Radio and holds an MBA from Iona. He attended Iona's greatest win ever over eventual national champion Louisville at Madison Square Garden in 1980.

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