Right now the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is shaping up to be a three team race. Right now the Monmouth Hawks (7-7, 4-0) are in the conference lead. Right behind them is the Rider Broncs (9-6, 3-1). But at the same time the Iona Gaels had already beaten the Broncs earlier in the season, so the Gaels are in decent position to move forward within the conference.
They were able to move forward tonight as they outscored the Quinnipiac Bobcats in a high scoring affair. The Gaels were led by David Laury, who had 30 points in the game, including going 11-13 from the costless throw line and adding 8 rebounds as well. But he was not the only Gael to reach double figures, as Junior Guard Isaiah Williams added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Junior Guard A.J. English added 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Gaels are always going to be a high scoring team, because that is how they play. They are 5th in Division I with 85 points per game, and then are 14th in assists with 17.1 per game, and 23rd in field goal percentage at 48.6%. The Gaels are going to be tough to defeat.
But when it comes to the Bobcats, they had some players perform well tonight as well. They were led by Senior Guard Zaid Hearst, who was able to score 27 points and added 8 rebounds. But there will be hope for the Bobcats in the future, because Ayron Hutton, a Freshman Guard, was able to put up 16 points and 8 assists. He was able to get in and then be able to get some good experience off the bench in this contest, and Hutton will be someone to keep your eye on in the future.
The Iona Gaels (10-5, 3-1 MAAC) will remain home to face the Cansisius Griffins (7-6, 2-2 MAAC) on Saturday, January 10th. Quinnipiac (6-7, 0-4 MAAC) will face a tough test though on Friday as they head to the Multipurpose Activity Center to face the MAAC leading Monmouth Hawks.