Iona Defeats Marist in MAAC Championship

By Mike Ferraro

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The Marist men’s basketball team fell to Iona in the MAAC championship game by a score of 76-55 on Saturday at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
Iona scored eight straight points to take an early 10-2 lead.

Patrick Gardner scored four straight points as Marist cut its deficit in half to four.

The Red Foxes held the Gaels scoreless for 3:40.

A 7-0 Iona run gave the Gaels an 11-point lead at the 9:08 mark.

Marist countered with a 6-0 run as Iona was held off the scoreboard for 4:45.

Iona led 35-26 at halftime. Gardner scored half of Marist’s points in the first 20 minutes.

Marist went on a 6-0 run to cut its deficit to four with 13:38 left in the second half.

Kam Farris’ three-pointer tied the score at 46 with 10:36 remaining.

Iona countered with an 11-2 run to go up 57-48 with 5:27 left.

Gardner scored five straight points to bring the Red Foxes within four at the 4:42 mark, but Iona answered with an 11-0 run to go up 15.

Iona scored the game’s final eight points. The 21-point final margin was the largest of the game.

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