Jan. 12, 2014
Sophomore A.J. English scored a career-high 31 points and Iona made 15 three-pointers to get past Siena 87-78 in Albany Sunday. The Saints led 66-62 with 9:06 left when starting point guard Marquis Wright fouled out, and the Gaels responded with a game-ending 25-12 run to escape with the win.
The win snapped Siena's five-game win streak at Times Union Center and was the Gaels second straight in Albany after losing 11 of 12.
Iona made nine three-pointers in the first half, more than any team (Siena included) had made in a game at Times Union Center this season. English and senior Sean Armand combined for 32 first half points, and the Gaels led 50-40at the half.
Siena seized momentum with a 17-4 run that turned a 57-47 deficit into the four point lead with 9:06 to play.
After Wright fouled out, English buried a long three-pointer to pull Iona within one. Mike Poole gave the Gaels the lead for good, 72-71, with two free throws at the 4:27 mark, and Tre Bowman got loose for a corner three-pointer on the next possession to push the lead to four.
Siena got no closer than three the rest of the way, and after another English three-pointer with 1:30 to play and four straight Poole free throws, the lead reached 10 again with 50 seconds to play.
Evan Hymes had a season-high 19 points to pace Siena. Rob Poole chipped in 16 and Maurice White had 12. Wright had nine points, seven assists and two steals before fouling out, and sophomore Ryan Oliver tied a career-high with nine points and added a career-best six boards. Oliver scored five straight points during the 17-4 run, including a go-ahead three-pointer in transition with 9:29 left.
Armand missed all six of his three-point tries in Iona's games against Quinnipiac and Fairfield earlier this week, but he made 6-9 against the Saints on his way to 19 points. Armand hit 10 three-pointers against Siena as a sophomore in Iona's 95-59 win on January 3, 2012.
Siena out-scored Iona 40-16 in the paint and 44-11 in bench points, but the Gaels out-scored the Saints 25-6 off turnovers and 24-16 at the free throw line. Siena shot 52% from the field for the game.
Siena travels to face MAAC Preseason favorite Manhattan Thursday night before heading back south to face Iona again next Sunday in New Rochelle.