Iona Proves They Can Survive In More Ways Than One

Iona junior A.J. English refused to let the Gaels give in to a crowd that got as loud as it has in the last four seasons at the Times Union Center. Even Siena senior Evan Hymes said it was the loudest he had heard the arena he has called home for four seasons. Continue reading “Iona Proves They Can Survive In More Ways Than One”

Three Thoughts: Iona 89, Marist 67

Coming out in a zone against Iona at the Hynes Center seems more than counterintuitive, it seems flat out dumb. The Gaels are the fourth-best three-point shooting team in the country (41.6%), and added for degree of difficulty and depth, betting against Iona in a shooting competition is certainly a losing proposition.

But Mike Maker is not dumb. And, despite the fact that Sunday was the Marist first-year coach’s inaugural matchup with Iona (they play again in two weeks), Maker thought his zone might just be the way to confuse and slow down the Gaels, who entered 38-4 in home MAAC games under Tim Cluess.

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