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Machado Passes Iona Over Maryland in Puerto Rico

Iona point guard Scott Machado handed out 15 assists and added 15 points of his own Sunday as the Iona Gaels routed Maryland 89-63 in the 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Gaels (2-1) earned the fourth-place spot in the tournament and Machado was named to the All-Tournament team.

Lamont Jones scored a team-high 22 points and Michael Glover 19 points and 10 assists in the 26-point victory that marked the largest margin against a BCS opponent in school history, topping an 81-57 victory over Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, 1983.

The win was the Gaels’ first double-digit win since defeating Iowa State 89-72 in the 2005 Cyclone Classic championship game on Nov. 26, 2005. It was Iona's sixth win over a current ACC squad and first since defeating North Carolina at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 27, 2002.

With the 89 points, Iona missed scoring 90 points in three straight games for the first time in program history by just a single-point. It's Iona's highest three-game point scoring stretch since recording the same number from Feb. 8 to 15, 2006.

Up 22-21 with 7:18 remaining in the half, the Gaels scored 11 of the next 13 points to go ahead by double-digits for the first time in the game. Maryland rallied for a 9-2 run to cut its deficit to three points at the break.

Jones scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half. He shot 8-for-14 from the field and 5-for-6 from the line while adding four rebounds.

The Gaels return home for a two-game home stand on Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve, when they host Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. at the Hynes Center.

From reports by Iona College Sports Information

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