The last time Iona and Canisius met, the Gaels dropped nearly 100 on the Griffs. This time around, not so much.
This MAAC contest was hyped as a track meet and as both teams nailed perimiter shots, it was a few key defensive stands and free throws down the stretch that sealed a 77-74 win for Canisius to move into a tie for second-place in the conference.
“A number of guys stepped up,” said head coach Jim Baron. ”We got to the free throw line. We made the free throws we needed to make and again, we rebounded and shared the basketball, 13 assists. We limited our turnovers to under ten and that gave us an opportunity to get more possessions.”
Iona led by two with 58 seconds left when Billy Baron was fouled on a deep three point attempt by Momo Jones, which resulted in three successful free throws.
“Billy kicks his legs out, so when he kicks his legs forward, it’s actually an offensive foul,” said a frustrated Iona coach Tim Cluess. ”That was the only contact made when Billy kicked...