NEW ROCHELLE, NY - All five starters scored in double-figures to lead the Iona College men's basketball team to a 90-71 wire-to-wire victory over Saint Peter's in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Hynes Center. The Gaels (13-7, 7-2 MAAC) extended their home winning streak to 15 games, tying the nation's 10th longest active streak and third longest streak in program history.
Senior Lamont Jones led the way with 24 points with the help of an 11-for-14 effort from the free throw line. He added four assists and three rebounds. It was his sixth game of the season with 10 or more free throws. His 122 makes in 20 games this season are the third most in the NCAA.
Sophomore David Laury recorded his team-leading fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Laury shot 7-for-11 from the field, rebounding from a 5-for-20 shooting effort in the two previous games. The first-year performer for the Gaels had his third straight game with 10 or more rebounds.
Sophomore Tavon Sledge posted his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Sledge had just one turnover in the contest He was 6-of-8 from the field in his second straight and sixth double-digit point effort of the season.
Juniors Sean Armand and Tre Bowman each had 13 points in the win. Armand hit three more three-pointers to increase his MAAC leading total to 78 on the season, one more than his previous career high from last season. He is two away from the No. 2 single-season total of 80 set by Steve Burtt in 2004-05. Burtt also holds the season record of 96 set in the next season. It was Bowman's eighth double-digit point effort of the season.
Saint Peter's Chris Burke pasted an 18-point, 10 rebound double-double. Blaise Ffrench had 14 points while Desi Washington had 11 points in the loss. Yvon Raymond had seven assists.
One game following a season-low field goal and three-point field goal percentage mark at Rider, the Gaels posted a season best in both categories. Iona was 32-of-55 (58.2%) from the field and 12-of-19 (63.2%) from beyond the arc. The Gaels shot a blistering 64.3% overall in the second half. Iona recorded 21 assists and had a season-low six turnovers. Iona also out rebounded its counterpart 31-27.
Iona's 15-game home winning streak matches the third longest streak in school history, a run that spanned from Feb. 9, 1997 through Feb. 22, 1998. Only a 21-game streak from Nov. 1951 - Dec. 1953 and 18-games from Jan. 1984 - Feb. 1985 have been longer. It extends Iona's first home winning streak of 10 or more games since the 2001 season.
The Maroon & Gold embarks on its toughest three-game stretch of the season, all on the road. The pivotal point of the Gaels 2012-13 campaign begins in a quick turnaround at Loyola Maryland on Sunday at Noon in Baltimore. Iona then makes its annual Western New York trip to face Niagara and Canisius. Along with the Gaels, the Greyhounds, Purple Eagles and Golden Griffins are among the top four teams in the MAAC standings at the midway point of the year.
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