Iona getting some “Momo,” Lewis is one sly Fox, Machado looking “Cousy” and the MAAC Press Break

Chavaughn Lewis scored a team-high 11 points versus Manhattan and 15 in the Marist's 80-69 win over the Golden Griffins. (Courtesy of Marist athletics)

All the comings and goings with Metro Atlantic Athletic men’s basketball.

Jones and Lewis named players of the week

Lamont “Momo” Jones , Iona, Jr., G, 6-0/196, Harlem, N.Y./Univ. of Arizona/Oak Hill Academy (Va.)

Jones averaged 30.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in two Iona wins this week over Canisius and Manhattan. He shot 59.5% (22-for-37) from the field, 50.0% (8-for-16) from beyond the arc and 75.0% (9-for-12) from the free throw line. Jones poured in a Hynes Center record 43 points vs. Canisius, matching the second highest single-game scoring total in school history. It was also the highest single-game scoring total in the MAAC this season. Jones had a career-best 16 field goals and seven three pointers in the contest. Against Manhattan on Sunday, Jones had 18 points and six rebounds in the victory.

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Machado is finalist for the 2012 Cousy Award

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts announced today the 11 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. An original list of 60-plus candidates was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally-based committee to the below list of 11 student-athletes.

“We are excited to announce this year’s final 11 candidates, as they all exemplify the skills and talent necessary to make an elite point guard” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame looks forward to watching these players compete for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.”

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Iona takes down Manhattan

RIVERDALE, NY – A jam-packed Draddy Gymnasium crowd watched the Iona College men’s basketball team defeat Manhattan 85-73 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The Gaels (19-5, 11-2 MAAC) outlasted the Jaspers (17-8, 10-3 MAAC) in an epic battle between the two New York metro area rivals in a battle of two teams atop the conference standings.

Senior Mike Glover posted 19 points, seven boards, and three assists to lead the Maroon & Gold. Senior Scott Machado netted 18 points, nine assists and four rebounds and junior Lamont Jones added 18 points and six boards in the Iona win. Sophomore Sean Armand scored 14 points off the bench.

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Momo’s 43 leads Iona past Canisius

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Junior Lamont “Momo” Jones‘ 43-point effort and double-doubles by seniors Mike Glover and Scott Machado led the Iona College men’s basketball team to a 105-86 win over Canisius in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action. Jones set a Hynes Center record with the point total and is the first Gael to reach 40+ points in more than 20 seasons.

Jones broke Steve Burtt’s building record of 40 points set on Feb. 1, 1984, nearly 28 years to the day vs. Holy Cross. Remarkably, Burtt and former Iona great Gary Springer were on campus this afternoon and had an opportunity to speak with Jones before the game. He was the first Iona player since Sean Green poured in 43 points vs. Siena during the MAAC Championship on Mar. 3, 1991. Both Green and Jones’ efforts were surpassed only by Warren Isaac’s school record 50 points vs. Bates on Dec. 18, 1964.

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Sellout crowd watches Loyola run past Rider

BALTIMORELoyola University Maryland held Rider University to just 12 first-half points, going on an 18-0 run that held the Broncs scoreless for more than eight minutes to take control of a 63-46 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory in front of a sellout Reitz Arena crowd and a national television audience on ESPNU.

Rider’s 46 points were the fewest Loyola has allowed since a 68-45 victory at Niagara University on February 21, 1992.

The Greyhounds (17-5 overall, 10-2 MAAC) have now held five-straight opponents to 57 or fewer points, a school Division I record. Loyola also extended its best-ever start in Division I to 17-5 with the win (the Greyhounds moved to Division I in 1981-1982).

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Fox 45 profiles Etherly and Patsos

Click here to watch Morgan Adsit’s interview with Erik Etherly.

Click here to see Adsit’s talk with Jimmy Patsos.


Bowie’s career-best leads Marist

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.After Saturday night’s performance, the Marist men’s basketball is even more of a believer in the saying “there’s no place like home.” Playing in the friendly confines of McCann Arena, the Red Foxes won their seventh home game and eighth overall on the season as they held a double digit lead for nearly 25 minutes of their 80-69 win over Canisius. Sophomore Jay Bowie (Tampa, Fla.) spearheaded the offensive attack with a career-best 23 points scored on 10 of 12 shooting from the field.

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Beamon’s old-fashioned game has Manhattan looking good for the future

Leading a lineup consisting of six players accounting for six points or more per contest, Beamon has been asked to play less. The junior averages 31.8 minutes per game this year, down five from his 36.8 a season ago. Despite the decrease in time, Beamon has increased his production currently scoring 17.8 as opposed to his 16.3 a year ago. He is doing that while taking one fewer shot per contest than he did a year ago. The Roslyn, New York native has also improved his assists from 1.3 to 2.0.

“He’s very low maintenance,” Masiello explained.  “Where he’s really gotten better is playing without the basketball. You’ll see him moving now a lot more. He’s learning how to be a playmaker and get guys involved.”

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Peacocks rush past Saints

Saint Peter’s made 14-22 (64%) shots in the second half, rallying from 16 down in the first to spoil Siena’s annual Gold Rush game at Times Union Center, 63-58. In the process, the Peacocks became the first MAAC team to sweep the Saints in consecutive seasons since Marist did it three straight years from 2004-07.

OD Anosike fell a single point shy of extending his school-record double-double streak to 18 games. Siena saw its six game home court win streak snapped as well.

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Niagara to retire Layden’s jersey

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Niagara legend Frank Layden (’55) returns to the Gallagher Center to have his jersey retired on Saturday, Feb. 11 when the Purple Eagles host Rider at 2 p.m.

“I’m thrilled to be coming home to join such great friends and teammates in this wonderful honor,” Layden said.

Layden, who played for Niagara from 1951-55 under John ‘Taps’ Gallagher, is a pro and collegiate basketball coaching legend. He led his alma mater for eight seasons, including taking Niagara to the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament in 1970. Layden and future Naismith Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy helped Niagara defeat No. 7 Penn, 79-69, in the NCAA Tournament First Round and finished fourth in the East Regional. Layden finished his coaching tenure at Niagara at the end of the 1976 season with 119 career wins, which were second at the time to John ‘Taps’ Gallagher.

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Rider gets past Niagara

LAWRENCEVILLE- Super refers to something very large, great or extreme, something of superior size, quality or grade.  It comes from the Latin meaning ‘above’ or ‘beyond’

There is Superman, superstar, Super Mario, and of course the Super Bowl.

On Super Sunday, the Broncs put together a super comeback, trailing by as many as 17 points with less than 12 minutes to go.

Senior Brandon Penn (Philadelphia, Pa./Paul Robeson) made a three-point field goal with 0.8 seconds left to give Rider a 74-73 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Niagara Sunday afternoon.

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Recent MAAC happenings qualify as “Super”

Siena’s junior forward O.D. Anosike had his 17-game streak of double-doubles come to an end Friday night in a 63-58 home-court loss against Saint Peter’s.

Anosike completed the rebounding end with 13, but fell a single point short of the double-double, missing the opportunity to continue the streak by going 1-for-4 at the foul line.

The double-double string is believed to be the second-longest in MAAC history, as well as the second-longest in all of Division I basketball over the last 15 year. Both those milestones are held by former Fairfield standout Darren Phillip, who had 19 in a row in the 1999-00 season.

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Qualities of outstanding assistant coaches

As I was thinking of potential topics for this week it struck me that all of the coaches who write these journal entries are assistant coaches.  With that in mind, I thought about the qualities that I think make an outstanding assistant coach.

This is my 15th year as an assistant basketball coach at the college level. During these years I have been very fortunate to have worked alongside many great assistant coaches.  I was also a head coach for 11 years so I have an additional perspective of what makes an outstanding assistant coach as I interviewed and hired many over those years.

Here are the important qualities that I think about when I think of great assistant coaches.

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Validating Loyola’s defense

The note said Loyola (MD) won its sixth straight, defeating St. Peter’s yesterday,  and ‘has now held six straight opponents to 57 points or less’. That is the material that makes your tempo-free pulse race. The opportunity to answer the question, is Loyola’s point total predicated on good defense, a slower pace or a combination of both? Let’s take a look.

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Click here to see the Capitol One Impact Performances featuring “Momo’ Jones


Tempo-free MAAC: the consistent contender

There’s one team in the MAAC that has been fairly consistent this season. It’s not Iona. It’s not Manhattan. It’s Loyola (MD). The Greyhounds have played at about the same level all season as they’ve compiled a 10-2 record to tie the Gaels atop the conference standings. Jimmy Patsos has his team limiting the ups and down and thus limiting the ways they can lose games. Their variance is half of anyone else in the league. (Just don’t ask how the Niagara game happened.)

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Iona relishing being the MAAC’s hunted

BRONX, N.Y. – Manhattan had Saturday night’s Iona game circled on its calendar. It was on ESPN3, the game was sold out, and they were turning people away at the door.

The Jaspers came at Iona with everything they had, but came up short, losing 85-73 in a battle for first-place in the MAAC.

The intensity and pressure was nothing new for the Gaels.

Iona also received Siena’s best shot. And Fairfield’s best shot. And Canisius’ best shot. And – well, you get the point. The Gaels are clearly the hunted in the MAAC this year.

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MAAC Monday

Can’t wait for Friday’s Iona-Loyola matchup in Baltimore. The Gaels won the first meeting, 74-63, behind 20 points and 15 rebounds from Mike Glover and 25 points from Lamont Jones. With all due respect to Manhattan, who has had a great season and is still in the title picture, these are the two best teams in the league. Jimmy Patsos’ club has run off six straight since that loss and will have a sold-out Reitz Arena behind it Friday.

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