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Iona men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino observes players during a practice in the Hynes Center at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. The Gaels experienced two long shutdowns this season, missing over 60 days of games and practices due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program.

Opinion: Pitino eases Gaels’ worries in season of uncertainty

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Assistant Sports Editor March 25, 2021

This year Rick Pitino entered March Madness with his fifth different team. He is one of only three college hoops coaches to ever do so, cementing his name among the best to ever do it and fortifying...

The Iona men’s basketball team celebrating a 60-51 win over Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship game in Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. The win gave the Gaels their fifth consecutive MAAC championship and an automatic bid to the Round of 64 game against Alabama

Gaels strike Gold for fifth straight MAAC championship, but fall short against Alabama

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Assistant Sports Editor March 22, 2021

Iona men’s basketball capped off their 2021 Metro Atlantic Athletic Association tournament run on March 13 with a 60-51 win over Fairfield in the championship game, and extended their conference...

This is the first time the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has had to limit attendance numbers .

MAAC announces friends, family allowed for tournament attendance

Frances Hoey, Social Media Manager March 12, 2021

As the playoffs approach, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced that a limited number of guests will be permitted to attend the MAAC Championships for men’s and women’s basketball.     However,...

The Iona College men’s basketball team takes on Quinnipiac in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com.

Winning ways overshadowed by pandemic for men’s basketball team

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor March 11, 2021

The Iona College men’s basketball team ended their season prematurely with an 8-5 overall record and a 6-3 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  The season started with a lot of buzz...

Senior guard Isaiah Ross scored nearly as much as he did last season in less than half the games.

Ross, Junior Joseph just few of top players for Gaels

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Assistant Sports Editor March 8, 2021

The Iona men’s basketball team featured new faces and new talent in the 2020-21 regular season, led by returning senior guard Isaiah Ross.     The first year under head coach Rick Pitino did...

The Iona College men’s basketball team achieved a season-high 54 points in one half against the Monmouth Hawks in this week’s games. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com.

Junior Joseph, Ross amongst top performers for Gaels this week

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

The Iona College’s men’s basketball team is back in full swing as the Gaels concluded a packed slate of games this week, finishing the stretch off with a 88-65 win against Monmouth on Saturday.     The...

This is the second time this season the Iona College men’s basketball team has been directly impacted by covid-19. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com.

Iona out of MAAC regular season after positive covid-19 case

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 22, 2021

Iona College sent out an email Monday announcing there has been a positive COVID-19 case amongst their Tier 1 members. The men’s basketball team will not finish their regular Metro Atlantic Athletic...

The Iona men’s basketball team has scored a season-high 85 points in their win against Coppin State. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com.

Iona men’s basketball aims to continue form after month-long break

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

Iona men's basketball looks to finish the season strong as they approach the remaining portion of their freshly adjusted conference schedule.  The Gaels have had a difficult season so far,  and not...

For those in the United States, games will continue to air on ESPN3 or ESPN+. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com.

Iona basketball to be aired internationally

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 11, 2021

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced they will air all men and women’s basketball games internationally after an agreement with SIDEARM Sports, their website provider.   For American...

The Gaels will play three games in four days at Mohegan Sun from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com

Men’s basketball to compete in ‘Bubbleville’

Frances Hoey, Social Media Manager November 15, 2020

Iona College men’s basketball will be participating in “Bubbleville” at the Mohegan Sun Arena, home to the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, as a part of the upcoming college basketball season. The...

Iona College men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino will kick off the Gaels’ Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season with a game against Saint Peter’s on Dec. 8. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com

Pitino lays out plans for Men’s basketball

Frances Hoey, Social Media Manager November 2, 2020

As Iona kicks off virtual homecoming, Vin Parise ’00 had the opportunity to sit down with the new head coach of Iona Men’s Basketball, Rick Pitino. A name that is no stranger to the college...

Since Fordham left the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1990, the Gaels have the advantage in the series with an 11-6 lead. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com

Gaels start basketball campaign against rival Fordham

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor October 16, 2020

Iona announced on Oct. 5 that the Gaels will be playing their first game against the Fordham Rams on Wednesday, Nov. 25.  The announcement comes following their previous four-year agreement to play...

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