New Rochelle, NY (Sports Network) - Lamont Jones pumped in 35 points to propel
the Iona Gaels to a 90-86 victory over the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds in a
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference shootout at the Hynes Center.
Jones went 11-of-15 from the field and converted 9-of-11 at the free-throw
line for Iona (16-13, 10-7 MAAC) as it snapped a three-game losing slide. Taaj
Ridley and Curtis Dennis added 15 and 13 points respectively. Tre Bowman
filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two
Erik Etherly registered a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds which he
accompanied with five assists for Loyola (20-10, 11-6), which also received 23
points from Robert Olson. Anthony Winbush tallied 20 points and eight boards
for the Greyhounds as they had their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Iona managed to go up by as many as 11 in the first half as it connected 43.8
percent of its field goal attempts before the break. The Greyhounds fought
back in the closing minutes of the opening period as Olson connected on a
triple to conclude a 9-0 run that sent the game into halftime tied at 36. The
game was tied at the intermission despite Loyola's dominant, 26-10 edge in
points in the paint.
The game remained close for the majority of the second stanza before the Gaels
used an 8-2 run to take an 80-70 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
Loyola shot 59.4 percent from the field after halftime but it also allowed
Iona to hit on 76 percent of their field goal tries.
The Greyhounds outscored the hosts, 54-42, in the paint in the contest, but it
was not enough to overcome Iona's 33-28 edge in the rebounding battle.
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