Friday Night Notes

There were three games played on Friday involving area teams. Iona, Fordham and Fairleigh Dickinson all got into the win column for the first time this season tonight. Below are some important takeaways.

Iona 94, Western Michigan 88 — A team scores 88 points and it’s a good defensive performance? That’s the case when you play a 92-possession game. They forced 26 turnovers against the Broncos. Six players finished in double-figures for Iona led by Kyle Smyth’s 24 points – on 14 shots, including 7-13 three-point shooting, and Scott Machado’s 17 points and 15 assists. Mike Glover scored 12 points on just five shots. He’s going to need to be more involved moving forward. The Gaels are playing unsustainably fast to start the season. Iona gets a day off before taking on Maryland on Sunday. They should take advantage of the chance to get a rest.

Fordham 64, Binghamton 49 — Four players played 32+ minutes for the Rams. Two, Bryan Smith and Devon McMillan, are freshman. They both went for 14 points. Chris Gaston had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. I’m most impressed by Fordham’s work on the defensive glass where they only allowed four offensive rebounds to the Bearcats. Fordham’s defense in general was spectacular, as the Rams held Binghamton to 0.65 points per possession and an effective field goal percentage of 36%.

Fairleigh Dickinson 73, St. Peter’s 62 — Melquan Bolding’s second game for the Knights went better than the first. He scored 14 points on 4-8 shooting from the field and 6-9 from the line. One problem, he had seven turnovers. Overall FDU shot a blistering 57% from the field. The bright spot for St. Peter’s was 20 offensive rebounds, which allowed the Peacocks to attempt 67 shots, 21 more than the Knights. Unfortunately, St. Peter’s shot 34%. John Dunne is still looking for the right formula on offense.

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