The Iona Gaels had lost four straight by a total of 11 points, so they went out fast 12-0 Monday night over Manhattan and held up against an early second-half rally by the Jaspers to win 85-67.
Junior forward Mike Glover led the Gaels with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Point guard Scott Machado had 14 points and 10 assists. Coming off the bench, hot-shooting freshman Sean Armand had 17 points. Senior Alejo Rodriquez, improving with each game coming off offseason hip surgery, had a very strong game with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Manhattan's Michael Alverez, who sunk a 65-foot buzzer-beater versus Marist on Sunday afternoon, led all scorers with 25 points.
The win improves the Gaels to 14-10 on the year and 8-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Also Monday night, Loyola defeated Sienna, 76-69, leaving the two Monday night victors tied for fourth place in the MAAC.
Currently leading is Fairfield, 11-2, then St. Peter's and Rider are tied for second at 9-4 followed by Loyola and Iona, tied for fourth.
Iona next plays at home against Sienna on Friday night at 7:30 PM then heads to Marist on Sunday afternoon for a 4 PM start.