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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Recaps(Saturday, March 8th)
Final Score: Iona 94, Rider 71
Springfield, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tre Bowman led all scorers with 28 points, as the top-seeded Iona Gaels dismissed the No. 8 seed Rider Broncs, 94-71, in the quarterfinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at the MassMutual Center.
With the win, Iona advances to face fourth-seeded Canisius in Sunday's semifinal round.
Sean Armand chipped in with 20 points, as he and Bowman combined to go 9-of-18 from beyond the arc. David Laury recorded a double-double off the bench with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the defending MAAC tournament champion Gaels (21-9), winners of 13 of their last 14 games overall. Isaiah Williams also reached double figures with 12 points.
Anthony Myles led the way with 19 points for the Broncs (14-17), who were coming off Thursday's win over Monmouth in the first round of the tournament. Jimmie Taylor and Daniel Stewart rounded out the double-figure scorers with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Rider never led in this contest, as the Gaels shot 55.6 percent from the floor in the first half and sprinted out to a 50-34 halftime lead. They knocked down 6-of-12 3-pointers in the opening frame and also took care of business at the foul line, converting 14-of-16 attempts.
The Gaels never let their foot off the gas in the second stanza as they shot an even better 64 percent from the field and tacked on five more treys to win handily.
In addition to their hot shooting, the Gaels committed only eight turnovers for the game.
Final Score: Canisius 71, Siena 65
Springfield, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Baron scored 17 points, leading all five starters in double figures, as the Canisius Golden Griffins topped the Siena Saints, 71-65, in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at the MassMutual Center.
Baron, who was recently named the MAAC Player of the Year, added six assists and five steals for the fourth-seeded Golden Griffs (21-11) in the triumph. Chris Manhertz registered a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, Chris Perez pitched in 13 points, Jordan heath 11 and Zach Lewis 10 points to go along with four assists and four steals.
The seventh-seeded Saints (15-17) were paced by Brett Bisping and his game- high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor, adding nine rebounds, while Rob Poole tacked on 14 points in the setback as well.
Siena opened the meeting on a 9-3 run and connected on a solid 46.2 percent from the floor in the first half, but knocked down just 1-of-6 attempts on the perimeter. Conversely, Canisius was an impressive 8-of-14 on the outside and 57.9 percent accurate from the floor overall, but still trailed by a point at the break, 34-33.
In the second half the Saints elevated to 52.2 percent accuracy from the field and 5-of-11 beyond the arc, but at the same time they were outscored at the charity stripe by a 12-2 margin, allowing the Griffs to slip by for the victory.
In a game that featured 11 ties and 21 lead changes, Canisius shot 10-of-22 behind the 3-point line in order to counter 16 turnovers.
Canisius will now take on Iona on Sunday for the right to play in the championship round on Monday night.
Final Score: Manhattan 72, Saint Peter's 58
Springfield, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rhamel Brown posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Manhattan Jaspers defeated the Saint Peter's Peacocks 72-58 in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament at MassMutual Center.
Michael Alvarado netted 17 points for the second-seeded Jaspers (23-7), who battle either Niagara or Quinnipiac in the tournament semifinals, depending on the outcome of that matchup.
Marvin Dominique had 14 points. Chris Burke tallied 12 and Desi Washington put in 10 for Saint Peter's (14-17).
Manhattan only had a 32-31 lead at halftime. The Jaspers shot at a 40 percent clip in the frame, but did have four additional field goal attempts than the Peacocks, who netted 52.4 percent in the period.
After halftime the Jaspers controlled the game more thoroughly, sinking 47.6 percent from the floor and 19-of-27 from the free-throw line. Saint Peter's had only nine field goals after halftime.
Manhattan sank 29-of-42 free-throw attempts, compared to a 15-of-20 showing from Saint Peter's.
03/09 01:26:18 ET