NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. The trio of Scott Machado, Mike Glover and Lamont Momo Jones led the Iona Gaels to an 83-74 win against Marist on Sunday.
Machado recorded the second triple-double in Iona history and joined former Iona star Nakiea Miller, who had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks against Fairfield in the 2000 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinal round. Machado scored his 10th point of the game with 1:03 remaining to go along with his 10 assists and career-high 11 rebounds.
Glover recorded his 13th double-double of the season and seventh in nine games with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jones scored 23 points for his 10th performance this season of 20 points or more and fifth in the last nine games.
Iona is once again tied with Loyola for first place in the MAAC standings with a 20-6 overall record and 12-3 record in conference. Iona recorded the 17th 20-win season in its history and its third consecutive 20-win season. The Gaels did the same from 1981-85 and 1995-98.
The Gaels led 23-7 about eight minutes into the game. Marist cut the lead to 30-26 with 5:05 remaining in the first half and trailed 42-38 at halftime.
Marist took its first lead at 46-44 early in the second half and built its largest lead at 52-47 shortly thereafter. Iona then went on a 15-3 run to give Iona a seven-point lead with 11:14 remaining. Marist again trimmed the lead to three points at 68-65 with 7:09 remaining but got no closer as Iona scored 13 of the next 17 points to go up by 12 with 2:52 remaining and never looked back.
Machados 10th point of the game with 1:03 left gave Iona an 83-70 lead and Marist scored the last four points of the game.
Sean Armand added nine points for Iona while Taaj Ridley chipped in eight points.
The Gaels will now travel to Rider for its final road game of the season on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will then host Nevada on Saturday at 4 p.m. The latter game will be televised on ESPN2 in a Sears BracketBuster contest.
From a report by Iona College Athletics
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