Jan. 9, 2011
New Rochelle, N.Y. - Iona scored 56 first-half points and junior forward Mike Glover recorded a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Gaels posted an 86-68 MAAC home victory over Loyola Sunday afternoon at the Hynes Athletics Center.
The Gaels (10-6, 4-1 MAAC) opened the game with six straight Glover points and a dunk by Alejo Rodriguez to take a quick 8-1 lead before Loyola made its first field goal three minutes into the game. A 9-2 Iona run punctuated by back-to-back dunks by Rodriguez and Glover gave the Gaels a 23-11 lead with 12:40 left in the first half.
The Greyhounds (6-9, 2-3 MAAC) would get their deficit to nine three times in the half - the last time following a three-pointer by junior guard J'hared Hall with 10 minutes left - but a pair of scores by Rashon Dwight and a layup by Chris Pelcher answered each time and Loyola would fail to get closer for the remainder of the contest.
At the intermission, Iona led 56-37 while shooting 57.1 percent (20-35) mostly on the strength of a 28-8 advantage in points in the paint and a 12-0 benefit in second-chance points. Dwight converted all four of his three-point attempts to lead all scorers with 16 and Glover and Rodriguez chipped in with 14 and 10 respectively.
The Greyhounds tried to make a run in the second half largely behind the scoring of senior guard Jamal Barney and his three-pointer made the score 73-60 with just over nine minutes remaining. But the Gaels tallied 11 straight points as Loyola committed four turnovers and missed two shots to help Iona take its largest lead of the game at 84-60 with 5:54 left.
After Glover's 25 points, Dwight finished with 18 points and Rodriguez and Scott Machado split evenly 26 points with Machado handing out 11 assists. Iona held a sizeable 38-25 advantage on the boards and outscored Loyola 46-26 in the paint and 17-4 for second-chance points.
Coming off the bench, Barney scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the second half as he matched his season high. Hall continued his sharp shooting with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting that included four three-pointers. Guards Brian Rudolph and Dylon Cormier each tallied 10 points with Rudolph adding five assists and three steals.
Splitting its two-game MAAC road weekend, Loyola returns home Friday night when it hosts first-place Fairfield in Reitz Arena at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU as part of a doubleheader with the Greyhounds' women's team, which will entertain the Stags at 4:30 p.m.