RIVERDALE, NY - Manhattan outlasted the Iona College men's basketball 80-77 in overtime in a classic Gael-Jasper Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match up at Draddy Gymnasium. The Maroon & Gold (19-9, 16-3 MAAC) erased a 10-point halftime deficit to force overtime, but fell three points short in the loss and snapped an 11-game winning streak.
Senior Tre Bowman led the Gaels with 23 points, shooting 9-of-16 from the field with four three point field goals. Senior Sean Armand posted 18 points and matched his career-high with nine assists while adding two assists and two steals. His 5-of-9 shooting effort was complimented with a 4-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. Sophomore Isaiah Williams was all over the stat sheet, recording 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and a career-high seven blocked shots. It was the most blocked shots in a game since Justin Marshall had seven at Siena on Feb. 1, 2007. Junior David Laury recorded his fifth double-double of the year with 13 points and 14 rebounds. He added three blocks, two assists and two steals.
The Gaels led by as many as seven points in the first half, taking a 20-13 advantage on a Bowman three-pointer. Manhattan answered with eight straight points over the next 2:39 to take a one-point advantage. The following two minutes saw five lead changes. Following an Armand three-ball that tied the game at 27-27 with 7:28 to play, the Jaspers scored another eight straight in a span of 81 seconds to race ahead 35-27. The Maroon & Gold answered with six of the next seven points to cut the deficit to three points, but surrendered 12 of the final 14 points of the half in the final 2:13 and fell behind 45-35 at the break.
Iona began the half with a 10-2 run and trailed 47-45 after two Armand free throws at 16:59. Manhattan built a seven point two minutes later as junior Emmy Andujar's layup made the score 54-47 with 13:51 to play. The Gaels then capped a 10-4 run to pull within one point at 10:51 on a conventional three-point play by Bowman. It was Bowman who tied the score at 61-61 on a tricky layup with 7:32 to play and the chess match began for the two rivals. Five lead changes and four ties over the remainder of regular saw the score knotted at 71-71 following 40 minutes of play. Following a George Beamon field goal with 33 seconds left that led to the tie, both teams had a shot at a go ahead attempt but fell short.
Manhattan built a five point advantage after the first 3:13 of overtime. After trading field goals, Iona's deficit remained five with 22 seconds left. A quick layup by sophomore A.J. English cut it to three points with 11 ticks left. The Gaels fouled Beamon on the inbound pass and the Jasper senior missed the front end of the one-and-one opportunity giving the Iona a chance to even the score. English - who owned two game-winning buckets in final 10 seconds during the team's 11-game winning streak - got a look at a three pointer from the wing that did not fall and Manhattan held on to the three-point win.
Andujar scored 17 of his career-high 28 in the first half. Beamon posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double while senior Rhamel Brown had nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
The Gaels were outshot (47.1% - 43.5%) and out rebounded (46-41) but held a 20-15 advantage in assists. The key advantage for the Jaspers was 19-5 on points off turnovers including 13-0 on nine first half Iona turnovers.
Iona completes the regular season at the Hynes Center Sunday vs. Rider at 3:00 pm on ESPN3.