Rider squeaks past Iona, extends win streak to five
Lawrenceville, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Tommy Pereira scored 14 points and Daniel Stewart racked up 13 points and 10 boards as the Rider Broncos grinded out a 67-62 win over Iona Gaels Sunday at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Broncos galloped their way to their fifth straight victory after surviving a back-and-forth duel with the resilient Gaels.
The Gaels, on a six-game winning streak heading into Sunday big MAAC showdown, opened up like a runaway train as Sean Armand and Lamont Jones powered a 25-14 start.
But the Broncos were just starting to heat up Pereira knocked down two treys to spark a 19-7 run before the end of the first half.
Clinging to a 35-30 lead at the start of the second half, the Broncos stumbled after intermission and even trailed before unleashing an 8-3 run to take a hard-earned win.
Rider shot 42.4 percent from the field and hounded Iona to just 33.9 percent shooting. The Broncos also controlled the battle for the boards, outrebounding the Gaels 41-28.
Jones scored a game-high 20 points and Armand tallied 15 for the Gaels, who dropped to 12-7 (6-2 MAAC). The Broncos’ hot streak improved their record to 11-9 (6-2 MAAC).