Iona couldn’t find offensive rhythm in 72-50 loss to Monmouth

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

The Iona College men’s basketball team offense wasn’t clicking in the 72-50 loss to Monmouth on Thursday evening.

The Gaels (15-10, 9-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) were held to 32.8 field goal percentage, which was the lowest of the season. Iona, who is one of the top three-point shooting teams in the conference, went 7-32 from deep.

Sophomore guard E.J. Crawford finished with a team-high 19 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals. Crawford was the only player on Iona to score in double figures. Junior Rickey McGill registered eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Graduate transfer TK Edogi had two points and two rebounds.

Monmouth (8-16, 4-8 MAAC) was able to separate itself from the Gaels early in the first half thanks to guard Louie Pillari, who tallied a game high 21 points (10 points in the first half) and six rebounds. The Hawks went on a 13-3 run to take a 41-24 going into halftime.

Monmouth led by as much as 24 points in the second half after going on a 11-0 scoring run. The Hawks shot 47.3 percent from the floor and outrebounded Iona 44-32.

Iona’s next game will be on the road against St. Peter’s on Saturday at noon.

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