How Iona Won: Gaels cherished the basketball in second half, committing just four turnovers after giving it away 11 times in the opening 20 minutes. Ball security, combined witha 41-32 rebounding advantage, limited Niagara’s chances in transition. And the Purple Eagles aren’t the same team when forced to operate out of the half-court set.
Turning Point:Niagara went on a 11-0 burst to lead, 47-37. Iona came right back with nine straight points, five of them by Rashon Dwight, to close within one with about nine minutes remaining.
Player of the Game: Iona sophomore guard Scott Machado had 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and scored the winning basket.
Stat of the Game:Niagara shot 3 of 16 from three. Live behind the arc, die behind the arc.
He Said It: “Personally I like to play over there at Niagara. I love the fans. The fans were crazy. They got one of the best fan bases in America I would say. So it was a little different atmosphere. – Iona forward Alejo Rodriguez on the HSBC setting..
In the House: 2,616 for the doubleheader. The weather couldn’t have helped.
Up Next: Niagara gets Fairfield at Monday in the GallagherCenter. Iona is at Canisius at 7 Monday.
Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.