Nov. 23, 2011
New Rochelle, N.Y. - Iona topped the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team, 104-99, in double overtime Tuesday evening at the Hynes Athletics Center. The Gaels outscored the Hawks 11-6 in the second overtime to pull away for the win despite a team-high 25 points from SJU junior Ronald Roberts and a career-high 19 points and nine rebounds by C.J. Aiken.
Trailing 84-82 with under 20 seconds left in regulation, Iona got a layup from Taaj Ridley to tie the score with eight seconds remaining. On the impounds, the Gaels' Lamont Jones recovered a loose ball, but could not get a shot off before the buzzer as the game entered overtime.
Iona (3-1) took control of the first overtime quickly, scoring five-straight points to open an 89-84 advantage on a Jones three pointer just a minute in.
Saint Joseph's (3-2) answered back, with both teams trading baskets over the next three minutes. A pair of free throws from SJU's Jones made it a 93-91 game with 57 seconds left to play.
On the ensuing possession, Iona's Michael Glover missed a layup, but the Gaels snared an offensive rebound. Saint Joseph's defense quickly struck though, causing an Iona turnover and giving the Hawks a chance to tie with 25 seconds remaining.
Off a SJU timeout, Carl Jones weaved his way into the lane for a layup, but his shot with four seconds left was off the mark. The rebound bounced into the right hands for Saint Joseph's though as Roberts followed with the tip in to tie the game at 93-93 and force another overtime.
Iona's Scott Machado scored five straight points for his squad as the Gaels took a 98-95 lead to start the second extra frame.
Saint Joseph's answered back with a jumper by C.J. Aiken to make it a one-point game with 3:39 to go.
Up 100-97, Iona failed to convert on its next three possessions, with Carl Jones nailing a jumper for SJU with 19 seconds remaining to make it a 100-99 game.
Machado would hit a pair of free throws to open the Gaels' lead to three, 102-99, giving the Hawks a chance to tie in the final moments.
Needing a three pointer to force a third overtime, sophomore Langston Galloway's attempt was off the mark as Machado recovered the rebound and added a pair of free throws to seal the win for Iona.
The Hawks jumped out to an early 13-6 lead and extended it to double digits, 20-10, on a three pointer by Galloway at 13:11. Saint Joseph's would continue to pull away from Iona as an Aiken layup at 9:48 gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the game, 33-20.
Iona answered back with an 8-0 run to make it a 33-28 contests, but the Hawks countered with a layup by Chris Wilson and a jumper by Aiken to make it a 37-28 game.
The Gaels continued to chip away at the Hawks' lead as SJU was held to 0-of-3 from the floor and turned the ball over four times during a four minute span. Iona would capitalize on the SJU's cold streak, using an 11-2 run during that stretch to tie the game at 39-39 on a Lamont Jones layup with 2:52 to go in the half.
The Hawks would roll off six-straight points, but Iona answered with four-straight points to close the half as Saint Joseph's took a 45-43 lead into halftime.
In the second half, neither team could pull away from the other as the lead changed hands 10 times. Iona opened its biggest lead of the half near the midway points as a Kyle Smyth three pointer put the home Gaels ahead 63-58.
A 10-3 run by Saint Joseph's gave control back to the visiting Hawks as a Galloway three pointer made it a 68-66 game with 8:34 to go.
Neither squad was able to pull away by more than four points from there, forcing a frantic final minutes and forcing extra time.
"I said to the players that they gave a lot, but the beauty is there is a lot more to give," said Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli. "Everybody has a play. In a game like that, that goes double overtime, everyone has a play. And if they don't know what their play is, then we'll take them through it. But we had rhythm there in the first half, and then we stopped our feet and didn't guard. I thought we did a better job in the second half with getting our feet moving and guarding, but we didn't at the end of the first half where we had the lead and they closed in."
For the game, the Hawks shot 52.8 percent from the floor (38-72), 36.4 percent from three-point range (8-22), 71.4 percent from the foul line (15-21), but turned the ball over 18 times.
Jones finished 8-of-16 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the foul line to finish with 25 points. Roberts was 9-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the foul line to add 20 points to go with nine rebounds. Galloway hit a game-high five three-pointers and finished with 17 points, while Aiken was the fourth Hawk in double figures, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Freshman Chris Wilson handed out a season-high eight assists.
At the other end, Glover and Machado combined for 67 points as Iona hit on 45.2 percent on its shots (38-84), including 9-of-24 from behind the arc and 19-of-24 from the foul line.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Saturday as the Hawks host Penn State at 3:30 p.m. at Hagan Arena.
The last time Saint Joseph's lost in double overtime was a 87-74 loss to Temple on March 2, 2002 ... The last time an opponent scored 100-plus was on January 13, 2010 by Rhode Island (101).