Iona Crushes Siena at The Garden, 95-59
The Siena men's basketball team ran into a buzzsaw on Tuesday evening.
Leading the charge for Iona, was sophomore guard Sean Armand, who set a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record with 10 3-pointers, as the Gaels downed the Saints 95-59, at Madison Square Garden.
“This is a team that can do that to you," said Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro. "They have a lot of weapons.”
Playing at the world's most famous arena, Siena (0-3, 5-8) was already facing a tough task. Iona was picked No. 1 in the preseason poll and already had 10 non-conference victories. Still, it wasn't the nation's leading assist man Scott Machado or big man Mike Glover who was doing the damage for Iona (3-0, 11-3).
Incredibly, Armand scored Iona's final 20 points of the first half, which catapulted them to a 57-31 lead.
Armand buried his ninth 3-pointer, early in the second half, to give Iona a 70-39 lead. That trey broke the school record, set last year by Kyle Smyth, who hit eight 3-pointers, in a game at SEFCU Arena, against UAlbany.
Armand, native of Brooklyn, hit the league record-breaking 10th 3-pointer, with eight minutes to spare.
The Gaels hit 17 3-pointers as a whole.
"“I have never seen a team shoot that well against the zone," Buonaguro said.
Siena junior forward O.D. Anosike posted his ninth consecutive double-double, finishing with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, on his 21st birthday.
Freshman Evan Hymes scored a team-high 22 points for the Saints, who return to action on Friday, when they host Fairfield.
The Siena players may not look back fondly on the result of this game, but no doubt they will remember this opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden, for the rest of their lives.