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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...

Iona’s 42 free throw attempts is the most the team has attempted in a single game in the  last nine seasons.

Gaels treat fans to back-to-back wins at Hynes to open season

Jordan Score and Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro November 18, 2021

The Iona men’s basketball team beat Appalachian State 65-53 on Nov. 9 at the Hynes Center in the team’s first home-season opener since 2018.      The Gaels gave a team effort as they combined for sixteen...

The non-conference schedule features a rematch with the Alabama Crimson Tide, the team which knocked Iona out of the NCAA Tournament last March.

Complete men’s basketball schedule announced

Lachlan Wellington, Staff Writer September 23, 2021

Rick Pitino, head coach of the Iona men’s basketball team, announced the team’s 2021-2022 full season schedule on Sept. 9.   Fresh off their recent tour of Greece, during which they went up against...

Sophomore forward Nelly Junior Joseph averaged 18.8 points per game in the five games against Greek Basket League teams. 

Men’s basketball caps off Greek tour with impressive win

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor September 9, 2021

The Iona men’s basketball team completed their 2021 Greece Tour with an 82-70 win over Ionikos Nikaias B.C. on Aug. 27, a trip that included five games against four professional teams in the Greek...

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

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

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...

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