March 4, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Steve Burtt and Charles Henson each had 19 points to lead Iona to a 68-51 victory over Siena in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament Friday night.
Up by 10 at the half, the fifth-seeded Gaels broke the game open with a 20-8 run, capped by Henson's jumper, over the first 6:30 of the second half to make the score 48-26. Burtt ignited the spurt with a 3-pointer and had 10 points in the span.
Henson also grabbed 12 rebounds, while Marvin McCullough added 14 points for Iona (14-15, 10-9 MAAC).
The Saints failed to advance to the semifinal round of the tournament for the first time in eight years.
The Gaels were without their second-leading scorer, Greg Jenkins, who sustained a back injury in the team's win over Siena in the regular season finale last week.
Iona will face No. 4 seed St. Peter's on Saturday.