Machado, Hymes, Lewis, Braveheart and the MAAC Press Break

Machado, Lewis and Hymes (Photo courtesy of MAAC athletics)

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

Machado, Lewis and Hymes take weekly honors

Player of the Week
Scott Machado, Iona, Sr., G, 6-1, 180, Queens, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.)

Machado averaged 14.5 points, 12.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals while holding an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.4:1 in Iona’s 2-0 week. He was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Machado had 16 points, nine assists and four steals in a MAAC win on the road at Rider on Wednesday on ESPN3 before a 13-point, 15-assist effort in a nationally televised Bracketbusters win vs. Nevada at home on ESPN2. It was Machado’s 11th double-double of the year and sixth effort with at least 15 assists.

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Win over BU gives Loyola first D-1 20-win season

BALTIMORERobert Olson made four second-half 3-pointers, and Loyola University Maryland shot 71.4-percent from the field after halftime to pull away from Boston University for a 69-56 victory in Bracketbuster action on Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena.

The win, Loyola’s 20th of the 2011-2012 season, set a school Division I record for victories in a season. Previously, the Greyhounds’ best was 19 wins in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Loyola joined Division I in 1981-1982.

Three straight teams coached my Emil “Lefty” Reitz won 20 or more games from 1946-1949. The 1948-1949 team holds the school record for victories with 25. Jim Lacy, the leading scorer from those teams, and the all-time leader in points at Loyola, was honored during today’s game.

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 Pride power past Siena in Hempstead

Mike Moore scored 30 points and made 6-9 3-pointers leading Hofstra to an 81-69 non-league win over Siena on BracketBusters Saturday. The Pride scored the final 10 points to break open a game that was highly competitive until the final moments.

OD Anosike had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the Saints. Kyle Downey had 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Owen Wignot and Rob Poole each chipped in 10 points in defeat. It marked the first time this season Siena has lost when placing four players in double figures (1-6).

Siena had a season-high 23 assists and shot 59% from the field, but the Saints had 21 turnovers – their second most of the season – including eight by starting point guard Evan Hymes who never found his rhythm.

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Canisius beats UMBC in home finale


Three Canisius players scored in double figures, led by junior Alshwan Hymes and team-high 23 points, as the Golden Griffins snapped their 10-game losing streak with a 73-66 win over UMBC Saturday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius improved to 5-22 with the win, while UMBC slipped to 4-23. The game between the two teams was part of the 2012 Sears BracketBusters series.

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Niagara trips up Canisius in overtime

LEWISTON, N.Y.Host Niagara University out scored Canisius College by a 5-2 count in overtime, and the Golden Griffins’ last-second shots from 3-point range did not go down as the Purple Eagles posted a 60-57 overtime victory Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center. The win improved Niagara to 12-16 overall and 7-9 in MAAC play, while Canisius fell to 4-22 overall and 1-15 in conference games.

Leading 58-57 with 11 seconds to play in overtime, Niagara’s Antoine Mason made two free-throws to push the score to 60-57 in favor of the home team. Canisius took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor, where junior guard Gaby Belardo found teammate Alshwan Hymes open from 3-point range with six seconds left on the click. Hymes’ shot from behind the arc banged off the back-iron and Belardo grabbed the rebound, but his last-second heave from 3-point land missed as the final buzzer sounded and Niagara secured the victory, the team’s third straight overall.

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Iona outruns Nevada

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Junior Lamont “Momo” Jones scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the second half and senior Randy Dezouvre netted a career-high 17 points to lead five Iona College men’s basketball players in double-figures in a 90-84 win over Nevada in an Sears Bracketbusters contest in front of a raucous, sold out crowd at the Hynes Center. The Gaels (22-6) out lasted the Wolf Pack (22-5) and earned its third straight Bracketbusters win.


Jones shot 5-for-11 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line adding four assists and four rebounds. Dezouvre was 8-for-10 from the field in his career-high effort. He scored 11 of the 17 points in the game’s final 20 minutes. Senior Mike Glover was 7-for-9 from the field, netting 15 points and nine rebounds. Senior Scott Machado – the nation’s leading assist man at just over 10.0 per game – had his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 assists. Sophomore Sean Armand had his fifth double-digit scoring effort in his last seven appearances with 13 points in the win.

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Gaels take care of business at Rider

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Iona College men’s basketball team overcame a five-point half time deficit and a poor shooting first half in a 75-62 win over Rider in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Alumni Gymnasium. The Gaels (21-6, 13-3 MAAC) opened the final 20 minutes with a decisive 19-3 run, including 18 straight points, to claim the win over the Broncs (11-17, 8-8 MAAC).


With Loyola Maryland’s loss at Marist, the Gaels claimed sole possession of first place in the MAAC standings. Iona’s magic number to clinch at least a tie for the MAAC regular season championship is one with two games to play.

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Manhattan rolls past UNCW

RIVERDALE, N.Y. George Beamon posted a game-high 22 points and Emmy Andujar added a career-high 19 points as Manhattan cruised past UNC Wilmington, 79-64, on Saturday in the 2012 Sears BracketBuster contest. It was Manhattan’s (19-10) eighth win in 11 games at Draddy Gymnasium and third victory over a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent this season.

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Marist falls to Fairfield

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.The Marist men’s basketball team fell in a home conference matchup versus the Fairfield Stags, who moved into a tie for second place with a 60-49 decision. A poor shooting first half proved troublesome for the Red Foxes (11-17, 5-11 MAAC), who held Fairfield (17-11, 12-4 MAAC) to just four points over the final 7:40 of the game. Freshman Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) led Marist with 19 points scored.

The action started out slow as the teams managed just eight points over the first 4:05 of play. A three pointer by Fairfield’s Derek Needham gave the Stags an early 8-3 lead at 15:16 before freshman Isaiah Morton (Richland, N.J.) responded two possessions later with a trey of his own.

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Jimmy Patsos has Loyola in prime position for NCAA tournament berth

Like a lot of other coaches, Jimmy Patsos is big on inspirational sayings.

On Sunday, he needed one in the worst way. Not a “Braveheart” quote, exactly. Not something to make a man want to take a spear in the throat for his homeland. More like something to make a 20-year-old with a short attention span focus, or something to help a college basketball player suck it up and not dwell on the past.

The Loyola men’s basketball team, after all, was on a two-game losing streak. Sure, the Greyhounds’ goal of winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and going to the NCAA tournament was still in sight. But not if they played as maddeningly inconsistently as they had in back-to-back losses to Fairfield and Marist after a huge win over Iona on Feb. 10.

So in the moments before the Greyhounds took the court against Boston University at Reitz Arena, Patsos recited a poem…

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Martin makes most of his Stags experience

The Stag baptism came in just his third collegiate game, and everyone gathered in Alumni Hall that night heard it coming.

An economics major who had just spent a season as the team manager, Gary Martin was trying to make his way on the Fairfield men’s basketball team as a walk-on. He might not have been a scholarship player, but coach Ed Cooley treated the sophomore just like any other Stag.

Martin entered the game in the final minute of a blowout win against Holy Cross, and after making a quick turnover, he incurred the wrath of the Big Dawg.

MAAC Honor Roll Inductees – Niagara

Hubie Brown was a standout basketball and baseball player at Niagara. During his collegiate basketball career, his team went 74-39 overall and recorded a 14-2 record while playing as a ranked team. The Purple Eagles also went to three straight NIT Tournaments.

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MAAC Honor Roll Inductees – Rider

Darrick Suber helped lead Rider to the championship games of both the 1991 East Coast Conference and the 1993 Northeast Conference, and was named the MVP of both tournaments. In the NEC final, the senior guard made an end-to-end drive and the game-winning basket at the buzzer, live on ESPN, which sent Rider to its first NCAA Championship.

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