The weekend of Metro Atlantic basketball ended late Sunday afternoon in Poughkeepsie as visiting Iona improved to 10-5 in the conference and 16-10 by outlasting Marist 85-70. The Iona win creates a three way tie in the MAAC standings among the Gaels, Rider and Saint Peter's behind conference leader Fairfield.
Iona pulled out to a fast 14-2 lead in the opening 4:03 highlighted by an opening dunk by conference leading scorer Mike Glover and three point shots by Kyle Smyth and Rashon Dwight.
Iona extended the lead to 15 at 24-9 at 9:04 into the game after layups by Dwight and point guard Scott Machado and another dunk by Glover. The Gaels worked the ball inside against Marist led by the play of Machado who finished the day with 22 points and 11 assists. Iona led 42-33 at the half with 22 points in the paint.
Marist Guard Sam Prescott had a dominating day making 11 of 19 from the field and 7 free throws for a career best 34 points.
Other Sunday action in the MAAC:
Loyola beat Canisius 72-57 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Fairfield 70-69 over Saint Peter's in overtime in Jersey City.
Manhattan defeated Siena 84-81 in Riverdale, New York
Rider defeated Niagara 61-50 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.