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The Gaels went 6-0 during their first six matches of the season in 2021-2022. 

Men’s basketball opens season

Jordan Score, Staff Writer November 17, 2022

The Iona men’s basketball team tipped off their season on Nov. 7 with their first home game against the University of Pennsylvania. Following their first game of the season, the Gaels played their first...

The Gaels were also ranked first in the preseason rankings last year.  

Iona men’s basketball ranked first in preseason rankings

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor November 3, 2022

The Iona men’s basketball team are ranked first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) preseason rankings.   Iona received 10 first-place votes, with the others going to Manhattan College.   Junior...

Last year the Gaels won their first six games of the season, including beating ranked Alabama.  

Iona basketball looking to bounce back

Jordan Score, Staff Writer September 22, 2022

Iona Men’s basketball will look to bounce back this year after coming up short last season, where they were eliminated in the first round of the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) tournament....

Jolly scored 19 points in Iona’s first round loss against Rider in the 2022 MAAC Tournament.

Two Gaels honored at MBWA Awards

Lachlan Wellington, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

Iona College Sophomore, Nelly Junior Joseph, and Graduate student, Tyson Jolly, both earned Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association awards for their performances during the 2022 campaign.  Jolly...

Cruz was featured at the 2022 Iverson Roundball 24k Showcase earlier this year. 

Four-star guard headlines MBB’s 2022 recruiting class

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor April 21, 2022

The Iona men’s basketball team announced the completion of their 2022 recruiting class on Tuesday lead by four-star shooting guard Cruz Davis.     Davis, who was originally committed to Oregon...

Saint Peter’s run brings new attention to MAAC

Saint Peter’s run brings new attention to MAAC

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor March 31, 2022

Saint Peter’s University’s unforeseen run into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament has shined a new spotlight on basketball in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.   The Peacocks made history...

Iona ranks third in the country in blocks per game at 6.1  

Four keys for a deep Gaels tournament run

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor March 12, 2022

The Gaels are headed back to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship tournament as a favorite to win it, this time as the #1 seed. Here are four keys to the Gaels getting an automatic bid to...

Fifth-year player named MAAC Player of the Week

Fifth-year player named MAAC Player of the Week

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor March 12, 2022

Iona basketball fifth-year guard Tyson Jolly was named the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference on Feb. 28.   Jolly averaged 16 points and four assists over the two-game span which covered wins against...

Pitino is the only coach to lead three different teams to a Final Four appearance.  

Pitino notches milestone win at Hynes Center as Gaels stay atop MAAC

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor February 13, 2022

Iona men’s basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino totaled his 800th career victory following Iona’s 85-77 win over Saint Peter’s on Jan. 30 in New Rochelle.     Pitino now sits behind John Calipari...

Clayton received interest from top football programs such as Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. 

Rookie’s success off bench key part of Gael’s top record in MAAC

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor January 27, 2022

Freshman guard Walter Clayton Jr notched his second-consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week award of the season on Jan. 3, a season which has seen him become an integral part...

Junior Joseph earned his fourth double-double of the season in Iona’s rout of Rider.  

Gaels get historic win over ‘Bama on Thanksgiving

Jordan Score, Staff Writer December 9, 2021

The Iona men’s basketball team secured a 72-68 upset win over No. 10 Alabama in their Thanksgiving matchup at the 2021 ESPN Events Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.       The tournament opened with...

Versatility: Florence has shown the ability to play all three forward positions. 

Men’s basketball signs first two prospects for 2023

Lachlan Wellington, Staff Writer December 9, 2021

The Iona men’s basketball team announced the signings of Sadiku Ayo and Keither Florence to national letters of intent, according to the Iona College Athletic Department’s website.   The...

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