NCAA Game Summary - Fairfield at Iona

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New Rochelle, NY (Sports Network) - Sean Armond scored 17 points to lead the Iona Gaels as they defeated the Fairfield Stags, 77-72, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference bout at the Hynes Center.

Mike Glover finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks as Iona (23-6, 14-3 MAAC) won its fourth game in a row. Scott Machado added 10 points and dished out seven assists.

Rakim Sanders paced Fairfield (17-12, 12-5) with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Olander added 15 points as the Stags lost for the second time in three games.

Fairfield took a 38-33 lead into halftime after it shot 43.8 percent from the field and connected on 7-of-16 attempts from three-point range in the opening period. The Gaels were cold to start the game, and they made just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Iona was on fire after the break as it drained 72.7 percent of its field goals including 4-of-4 from three-point range in the second half. Although the Stags shot 50 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, it was not enough to sustain the Gaels' incredible offensive outburst. The conference foes went back and forth and the lead changed hands 11 times after halftime. The hosts took the lead for good with 5:57 left to play as Armand scored nine points in a row for Iona in a three and a half minute span, while Fairfield managed just one layup during that time.

Despite the loss, Fairfield held a 37-25 advantage in the rebounding battle. The Stags committed 18 turnover, which doubled Iona's total of nine turnovers.

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