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Gaels look to work on offense going into MAAC

Dan Abbate, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

The Iona Men’s Basketball team is preparing for the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament after a heartbreaking 68-69 loss to Quinnipiac in their final home game of the season. The Gaels are reaching the end of a regular season full of ups and downs. The maroon and gold lost seven...

Men’s basketball on a roll after early season struggles

Men’s basketball on a roll after early season struggles

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

February 27, 2020

The Iona College men’s basketball team is currently 8-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after a rough start to their season. The Gaels started off the season on a bad note with the absence of head coach Tim Cluess. This left associate head coach, now acting head coach, Tra Arnold in charge....

Behind the scenes of Iona men’s basketball

Behind the scenes of Iona men’s basketball

Joseph Agius, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

When you look at organizations across the country, whether that be on the collegiate or professional level, there’s always a tremendous amount of effort that goes in the background to propel the product that we consume as fans. Iona men’s basketball Team Manager Omorede Rainey knows all about...

Gaels struggle in early conference season

Gaels struggle in early conference season

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

February 1, 2020

The Iona College men’s basketball team has had a shaky start to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season. This is a change from last year, where the Gaels’ started off the MAAC with two . At this time last year the Gaels were 5-3. This year, Iona has a 3-5 record in the MAAC, the first time...

Gaels add on top performers in hopes for five-peat

Gaels add on top performers in hopes for five-peat

Daniel Abbate, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

The Iona men's basketball team is preparing for the upcoming season as they look to extend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship streak to five in a row. On the squad, two new faces have emerged. Parker Weiss and Michael Ortale Jr. will be the only freshmen on the roster for the reigning...

Tim Cluess remains at Iona after withdrawing name from St. John’s coaching search

Tim Cluess remains at Iona after withdrawing name from St. John’s coaching search

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

April 19, 2019

Tim Cluess announced on Thursday that he withdrew his name from the St. John’s coaching vacancy to remain the head coach of the Iona College men’s basketball team. “I would like to start by thanking everyone for all their support. I am truly blessed to have so many people say so many nice things,”...

St. John’s has not reached out to Iona about Tim Cluess

St. John’s has not reached out to Iona about Tim Cluess

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

April 12, 2019

Iona College released a statement on Friday morning that said St. John’s has not reached out to the school about men’s basketball Head Coach Tim Cluess. The school said it has long-term plans for the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and is hoping Cluess ends his career in N...

Tim Cluess emerges as front runner for St. John’s head coaching vacancy

Tim Cluess emerges as front runner for St. John’s head coaching vacancy

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

April 12, 2019

Iona College men’s basketball head coach Tim Cluess has become a potential candidate for the head coaching vacancy at St. John’s, according to CBS College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein. The news of Cluess, 60,  possibly leaving Iona for the school in Queens comes two days after NBA Hall of...

Iona men’s basketball recruiting news and notes

Iona men’s basketball recruiting news and notes

Will Schneiderhan, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019

Tim Cluess had perhaps his most impressive season as the Iona College men’s basketball head coach this past season. An inauspicious start quickly became a season to remember halfway through the campaign. Cluess and his team flipped on the switch and rode a scorching hot finish to the regular season...

Kerins brothers talk about experiences managing men’s basketball team

Kerins brothers talk about experiences managing men’s basketball team

Will Schneiderhan, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

Ricky Kerins arrived on the Iona College campus the same way most freshmen do: optimistic, anxious and not knowing a single person. This is the norm for many first-year students who have packed their bags, moved into their dorms and said goodbye their loved ones. Kerins was already par for the course....

Iona’s inspiring first half performance isn’t enough to beat North Carolina in NCAA Tournament

Iona’s inspiring first half performance isn’t enough to beat North Carolina in NCAA Tournament

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

March 23, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio- For a moment, the Iona College men’s basketball team caught the attention of the entire nation when the Gaels were going toe-to-toe with North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening. Iona was knocking down shots from deep and its defensive pressure ke...

Everything you need to know before Iona’s NCAA Tournament matchup against North Carolina

Everything you need to know before Iona’s NCAA Tournament matchup against North Carolina

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

March 22, 2019

The Iona College men’s basketball team will play in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament game against North Carolina on Friday evening. “[It’s] all or nothing,” Iona senior point guard Rickey McGill said. “It’s a big game for us, bigger than any game we’ve played this season. We’ve...

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