Manhattan (4-9) at Iona (8-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 6, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hynes Center (2,611) -- New Rochelle, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Manhattan 2-1, Iona 4-0. Away Record: Manhattan 2-6, Iona 3-3. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-2, Iona 1-3. Conference Record: Manhattan 2-1, Iona 2-1. Series Record: Iona leads, 43-36.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams with identical records in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference get together on Sunday evening, as the Iona Gaels entertain the Manhattan Jaspers at the Hynes Center.
The Jaspers have won a total of four games this season, but two of them have come in three MAAC outings. The latest victory for Manhattan came two nights ago in a visit to Saint Peter's when it defeated the Peacocks by a final of 55-53. The win snapped a four-game slide for the squad.
Like Manhattan, the Gaels are also 2-1 in league action thus far, having topped Siena on the road on Friday night in a 66-62 decision. That win was the second in a row and the third in four tries for the Gaels, who have yet to be defeated at home this season, 4-0.
The Gaels lead the all-time series between the teams by a count of 43-36, thanks to three victories in the last four encounters.
Shane Richards scored a game-high 16 points as the Manhattan Jaspers held on for the two-point win over the Saint Peter's Peacocks in MAAC play at the Yanitelli Center on Friday night. Also scoring in double figures for the Jaspers were Rhamel Brown and Mohamed Koita with 11 and 10 points, respectively, as they snapped a four-game slide. The Jaspers survived 17 turnovers on the night while the Peacocks hurt themselves with a disappointing 9-of-20 showing at the free-throw line. Turnovers have been a huge issue for the Jaspers so far this season, the team averaging close to 18 per game which has in turn limited their scoring ability to a mere 56.6 ppg which is one of the lowest averages in the country. Brown is the only active double-digit scorer for the bunch with 11.4 ppg, while the injury to George Beamon (16.8 ppg) continues to hamper the squad.
Lamont Jones knocked down 10-of-11 shots at the free-throw line, finishing with 19 points, as the Gaels captured the four-point win over the Siena Saints in MAAC play at the Times Union Center two nights ago. Also scoring in double figures for the Gaels were Sean Armand with 14 points, David Laury 12, to go along with a team-best nine rebounds, followed by A.J. English with 11 points off the bench. In a game that featured three ties and 13 lead changes, Iona picked up the win despite shooting only 37.9 percent from the floor. Jones continues to be one of the top scoring threats in the nation, hitting for an impressive 22.2 ppg as he converts 89.1 percent of his chances at the charity stripe. As a team, Iona is one of the most accurate programs at the line to this point in the campaign with 80.1 percent shooting, compared to just 68.0 percent for the opposition. Armand (18.9 ppg) and Laury (17.4 ppg) are also key contributors for a team producing a hefty 81.6 ppg.
With these two teams at different ends of the scoring spectrum, it is not a matter of whether or not Iona will win, it is a matter of by how many points.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iona 79, Manhattan 62
01/06 10:31:11 ET