Dec. 7, 2007
New Rochelle, N.Y. - Dexter Gray and Devon Clarke came off the bench to combine for 33 points and the home-standing Gaels torched the Loyola defense with 69 percent shooting in the first half to build a 49-24 lead at the intermission en route to a 92-68 MAAC-opening victory Friday night at the Hynes Athletics Center.
Never trailing in the game, Iona gradually built its first-half lead, holding a 9-1 advantage four minutes into the contest before senior guard Gerald Brown scored Loyola's first field goal, a three-pointer with 15:18 remaining. With 8:45 left, to score read 29-7 in favor of Iona and with three minutes remaining the Gaels held a 41-15 left. The largest lead came at 49-21 on a conventional three-point play by Rashon Dwight with 11 ticks remaining. Brown's three-pointer with one second left made the halftime score 49-24.
Dwight finished the half with 13 points on perfect shooting - five field goals and four free throws - in 11 minutes. In addition to shooting 69 percent for the half, Iona forced the Greyhounds into 12 turnovers, the number of points scored by Brown.
The second half didn't start any better for the Greyhounds (4-5, 0-1) as they failed to score a point for the first 5:45 of the half as Iona built itself a 59-24 advantage. A Gray layup with 9:25 left gave the Gaels a 69-33 lead, their largest of the game.
Gray led the Gaels with 18 points, making seven of nine from the floor. Clarke added 15 while starting guards Dwight and Milan Prodanovic split 36 points. John Kelly chipped in with a game-high seven rebounds and Kyle Camper added a game-high five assists.
Brown led all scorers with 31 points, his third effort this season of 30 or more. Freshman guard Brian Rudolph was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 11 points off the bench.
Having dropped three straight, the Greyhounds play next on Sunday at Reitz Arena, where they are sporting a perfect 3-0 record. The opponent is Manhattan, which won 65-62 at home over Saint Peter's Friday night in its conference opener. Game time is noon.