Iona Men Fall to Oregon

The 14th-seeded Iona College men’s basketball team suffered a 93-77 loss to third seed Oregon in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Tournament in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 17.

Jordan Washington had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gaels, who finished the season at 22-12.

Iona will enter the 2017-2018 season as the two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament champions.


Basketball: Manhattan Men Competing in Northern Ireland

The Manhattan College men’s basketball team was selected to compete in the first Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on Dec. 1 and 2.

The Jaspers will play Holy Cross and LaSalle will meet Towson on the first day with the winners playing for the title and the losers competing for third place on the second day.

The tournament is being presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, Rory McIlroy’s Foundation (Rory Foundation) and The SSE Arena in Belfast.


Lourdes, Marist Grad Finalist for National College Coaching Honor

Maureen Magarity-Copes is one of four finalists for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s National NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.

Magarity-Copes coached the University of New Hampshire to the America East Conference’s regular-season title and a 26-5 recording entering the Friday, March 17 WNIT opening-round game at home against Harvard. Magarity-Copes, the daughter of Army women’s basketball coach Dave Magarity, was named the America East Coach of the Year by the conference coaches.

Magarity-Copes played at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie where she helped the Warriors to a state championship. She attended Boston College, a top-25 program from the Big East in those days, before transferring to Marist where she led the Red Foxes to the program’s first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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Oregon Next for Iona Men

They’re off to Sacramento.

The Iona College men’s basketball team (22-12), seeded 14th, plays third seed Oregon (29-5) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Sacramento, Calif., at 2 p.m. Friday on TBS.

The Gaels earned a second consecutive trip to the tournament by beating Siena, 87-86, in overtime for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament title in Albany on March 6. The conference tournament crown guarantees an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Iona awaits NCAA opponent

Selection Sunday is coming for the Iona College men’s basketball team which captured its second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament championship with an overtime win over Siena in Albany on March 6 to earn the conference’s automatic berth.

CBS is televising Selection Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

As of Friday afternoon (March 10), ESPN’s bracketology has Iona as a 15th seed in Indianapolis meeting second-seeded Kentucky. The winner plays either Seton Hall or South Carolina in the round of 32.