Jan. 19, 2014
Tre Bowman scored 21 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, and Isaiah Williams added a career-high 20 points on 8-10 shooting in Iona's 88-74 win over Siena Sunday in New Rochelle. Evan Hymes scored a season-high 23 points, and Lavon Long posted a career-high 16 and 11 rebounds for the Saints.
Siena (7-12, 3-5) trailed just 59-55 with 10:33 left, but Iona (9-8, 6-2) scored nine of the next 10 points and led by double figures the rest of the way. The Gaels defeated the Saints 87-78 in Albany last Sunday.
The game was played at a furious pace from the start. After missing their first field goal, Siena made 10 of its next 11 shots, but led just 23-22 after a Hymes' layup with 12:30 to play in the first half. Bowman drained one of Iona's nine first half threes on the next possession, and the Gaels led the rest of the way.
The Saints lost despite containing Sean Armand (11 points) and A.J. English (9). The pair combined for 50 points in Albany last week.
Freshman point guard Marquis Wright fell just two rebounds and two assists shy of Siena's first triple-double in nine years, ending with 12 points eight rebounds and eight assists. The Saints out-rebounded the Gaels 46-27, and managed 16 assists and just 13 turnovers. As well as Siena played offensively, they couldn't contain the Iona's offense.
The Gaels had 21 assists on their 34 baskets and had seven players score six points or more. Iona also contained Siena's top player Rob Poole, who finished with just eight points on 3-10 shooting, breaking a string of seven straight games in double figures.
Siena plays six of its next seven games against teams in the bottom five in the MAAC standings. Five of the Saints' first seven games were against teams currently tied for first in the conference. Saint Peter's comes to Times Union Center Thursday night at 7 p.m.