BRIDGEPORT — Led by the force that is first team All-MAAC junior Mike Glover and some hot shooting the Iona Gaels stretched their winning streak to eight games beating the Siena Saints 94-64 at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on Saturday night.
Glover did not disappoint, even when matched up against MAAC Player of the Year Ryan Rossiter, scoring a game-high 31 points on 12-18 shooting while Rossiter was frustrated all game long. Rossiter finished with 11 points on 5-8 shooting and 6 rebounds.
Glover threw down a one handed jam in transition over freshman Rahkeem Brookins plus a foul with 10:50 to go to stretch the lead to 66-47.
The Gaels and Saints were locked up at halftime, the Saints holding the Gaels to just 37 points and trailing by just six. The Gaels broke out in the second half, making 15 of their first 22 shots from the field (68.2%) and matching their halftime total of 37 points in the first 12:17 of the second half.
Scott Machado had 15 points on 6-11 shooting and Kyle Smyth tore up the Saints, making four three pointers and scoring 16 points on 5-9 shooting.
Clarence Jackson finished his Siena career with a team-high 16 points on 5-13 shooting.
The Gaels proved to be too much for the Saints as they went on a 13-0 run to stretch their lead to as large as 16 early in the second half. A Scott Machado three pointer with 15:10 left gave Gaels 50-40 lead and two Kyle Smyth free throws on their next possession gave Iona a 12 point lead. Clarence Jackson drew his third foul on a charge with 14:09 left on the Saints next possession and Iona got a quick basket to break the game open with 13:37 left.
Iona had a 10 point lead early in the second half but the Saints responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a Clarence Jackson three pointer to cut the Iona lead to 41-38.
All time, Siena is 0-6 against the Gaels in the MAAC Tournament and are the only team the Saints have a losing record against in tournament play.