|Date of game: 3/2/2014
Recap: Iona vs. Rider
New Rochelle, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - A.J. English netted 25 points on 7- of-11 shooting as the Iona Gaels ended their regular season with a resounding 97-81 victory over the Rider Broncs in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference bout at Hynes Athletics Center.
Sean Armand scored 21 points with nine rebounds and nine assists for Iona (20-9, 17-3 MAAC), which finished up its regular season as the top team in the conference. Isaiah Williams tallied 17 points, Tre Bowman chipped in 13 with seven rebounds, Mike Poole contributed 11 and David Laury scored 10 off the bench with six rebounds. The Gaels won 12 of their last 13 to end the season.
Anthony Myles scored 19 points to pace Rider (13-16, 9-11), while Daniel Stewart notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jimmie Taylor tallied 14 points with six assists, and Shawn Valentine added 14 points off the bench for the Broncs, who lost their last four games to end the regular season.
Iona shot 54.2 percent from the field to start the game, and hit 6-of-15 from 3-point range, to take a 45-41 lead into the midway break. Rider connected on 45.5 percent of its shots in the frame, including 7-of-12 from deep.
The second half is where the Gaels did their damage. Iona shot 66.7 percent from the floor, and hit 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. The Broncs dropped down to 43.8 percent shooting in the period, and was outscored, 52-40, by the Gaels in the half.
Iona outscored Rider from the free-throw line, 20-11, and had a 24-15 edge in points off turnovers. Rider won the battle in bench points, 24-10.Game Notes