Just a freshman with less than 30 games under his belt, E.J. Crawford may already be Iona’s most versatile player. Continue reading “Freshman E.J. Crawford Showcases Iona’s Versatility”
Albany, N.Y. – For the third time in five years, Iona is headed to the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading “Iona 79, Monmouth 76: Gaels Are Dancing Again”
Albany, N.Y. – For the fourth year in a row, the Iona Gaels will play for the MAAC Championship. Continue reading “Iona 81, Siena 70: Gaels Earn Another Chance To Dance”
For the second consecutive year, Iona earned a season sweep of local rival Manhattan. The Gaels placed five players in double figures for the fourth time this season, led by senior A.J. English’s 23 points. Continue reading “Iona 86, Manhattan 73: Gaels Sweep Again”
For the first time in the Tim Cluess era, Iona has lost two conference home games in a season. Continue reading “Siena 81, Iona 78: Saints Earn Their Marquee Road Win”
The premier rivalry in the MAAC took center stage once more Friday night as Iona turned in a stellar defensive effort to take down Manhattan 70-56 at the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle. Continue reading “Iona Handles Manhattan In Renewal Of The MAAC’s Best Rivalry”
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – It’s hard to call Marcus Gilbert unknown, especially in the MAAC, where he was a preseason first-team selection after all.
Maybe underappreciated might be a little closer to the target. Gilbert finished fifth in the MAAC with 16.1 points per game last season, and was praised by opposing coaches for his outstanding ability after almost every game, but made only the MAAC third team last March.
The primary reason isn’t hard to deduce, Gilbert’s Fairfield team finished a putrid 7-24, finishing with a lopsided MAAC Tournament loss that saw them score just 33 points. Yes, them, as in the whole team. It was Fairfield’s second straight seven-win season after the Stags went 19-16 in Gilbert’s freshman season, one that saw him on the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Friday night’s showdown between the MAAC’s top two powers was full of fireworks, both before and after the final buzzer. Continue reading “Monmouth 110, Iona 102: Four Thoughts”
It took a while to get back in the groove, but A.J. English and the Iona Gaels left Connecticut with a 78-66 victory over Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon. Continue reading “Iona 78, Quinnipiac 66: The Return of A.J. English”
KINGSTON, R.I. – As far as walk-ons go, Iona freshman Benjamin Nwokeabia has a pretty good resume, the Swiss native played AAU ball and at Impact Academy in Sarasota, Fla.
But he doesn’t appear among the 12 names on the front of the Iona media notes in “At a Glance”, and he had so little chance of getting meaningful minutes Saturday night at the Ryan Center against Rhode Island that his bio wasn’t included either. So the confluence of events that saw him on the floor late in overtime of a tight game Saturday night, well, that’s quite a long story.
Alas, if you’ve been following you know much of it. Kelvin Amayo is out indefinitely with a knee injury and Schadrac Casimir the same with a stubborn groin injury that is not healing as fast as anyone involved with Iona would like. MAAC Preseason Player of the Year A.J. English will hopefully be back for MAAC play from a broken bone in his hand.