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Osbourne Shema is currently the only player from Rick Pitino’s 2022-2023 roster who has not transferred or is not in the transfer portal. 

Basketball off-season news

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor April 20, 2023

Kate Mager, of the Iona women’s basketball team, won the college three-point championship at the NCAA Final Four in Houston, Texas.    Mager won both the Celsius Women’s 3-Point Championship...

The Saint John’s job is Pitino’s 11th full-time head coaching job in his career.  

Rick Pitino accepts Saint John’s head coaching job

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor March 31, 2023

Rick Pitino’s time at the helm of the Iona men’s basketball team has come to an end after he resigned as the Gaels’ head coach. He has accepted a reported six-year, around $20 million contract at...

Four Gaels from the championship team are in the transfer portal after Rick Pitino accepted the Saint John’s job.  

Men’s basketball wins sixth MAAC championship in last eight

Jordan Score, Staff Writer March 31, 2023

The Iona men’s basketball team won the 2023 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship on March 11, taking down Marist College 76-55 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.   The Gaels came into the...

The Gaels won 20 games for the second consecutive season. 

Iona men’s basketball concludes season

Kaylin Flukey, Managing Editor March 12, 2023

The Gaels ended the season on an 11-game win streak and an overall record of 24-7 with an in-conference record of 17-3.  Iona travelled to Mount St. Mary’s University for the first time on Feb. 24...

The men’s team last won the MAAC championship in 2021, while the women’s team won their first and only MAAC championship back in 2016. 

Everything you need to know about the MAAC basketball championships

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor March 12, 2023

The Iona men’s and women’s basketball teams are set for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, which are being held in Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, from March 7-11.   Both...

Iona is one of just three schools who currently have both their men’s and women’s basketball teams top of the conference regular season standings. 

Men’s basketball back on top in MAAC

Jordan Score, Staff Writer February 25, 2023

The Iona men’s basketball team recorded their seventh straight victory as they took down Saint Peter’s University by a score of 73-53 on Feb. 19, on the road in New Jersey, improving their overall...

Rick Pitino is the only coach to lead two programs to the NCAA championships and the only coach to lead three schools to the final four. 

Pitino rethinks recruiting strategy

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor February 13, 2023

Iona men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino said that he “made a mistake,” by bringing in five freshmen in the off season, in a postgame interview for ICGAELS.   Pitino’s side has struggled...

The gaels victory margin of 30 points against Mount Saint Mary’s was their joint best win margin this season, tying their 90-60 home victory against Canisius College.  

Iona men’s basketball sweep MAAC games

Kaylin Flukey, Managing Editor February 13, 2023

The Iona men’s basketball team built a three-game win streak after a tough loss against Siena College on Jan. 27.  The Gaels travelled to Albany, New York to face the Saint Bernards for the first...

Iona won against Manhattan College after losing at the Draddy Gymnasium last season.

Iona men’s basketball home winning streak snapped by Rider

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor February 2, 2023

The Iona men’s basketball teams' home winning streak of 21 straight games was ended by Rider University as the Gaels fell to a 70-67 defeat on Jan. 15.   Iona led by 18 points in the second half...

Daniss Jenkins is the first Gael to score over 30 points since Isaiah Ross on Feb. 20, 2021 against Monmouth at the Hynes Athletic Center, a span of 43 games. 

Iona men’s basketball home winning streak 19 in a row

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor December 8, 2022

The Iona men’s basketball team is currently on a 19-game win streak at home after they beat Saint Louis University 84-62, on Dec.6 at the Hynes Athletic Center.   The Gaels also boast a record...

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...

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