Monday, January 16, 2012
Doubleheader Day in New Rochelle (Recap of Loyola-Md vs. Iona)
Yesterday, I brought both of my kids with me to the doubleheader since my wife works on Sundays. Matthew, my older son, loves basketball. He was excited about the prospect of watching two games. Jonathan on the other hand did not fare as well. The women's game he was fine. But since the gym was so warm yesterday, he needed some hugs in the second game. Towards the end, he fell asleep on the seat.
In the second game, you had two men's teams whose last game involved major second half comebacks. In Iona's case, they were outscored by twenty points in the last seven minutes and forty eight seconds of their loss to Manhattan on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Loyola-Maryland rallied from fifteen points back and defeated Fairfield on Friday night. Having been in attendance for both of those games, I was wondering what these two teams would do for an encore.
Momo Jones would get Iona back in the game. He scored seven straight points and nine of the Gaels' eleven points in a 11-1 run as Iona would go out in front 26-23 with nine minutes left in the half. Jones stepped up in a big way since Michael Glover and Scott Machado each had two fouls in the first half.
Loyola responded with a half ending 13-5 spurt. Justin Drummond and J'hared Hall combined for nine of those thirteen points. Loyola would go into halftime leading 36-31. Patsos left with a smile on his face at the end of the half, seemingly pleased with his team's first half performance.
While he was in foul trouble for a good part of the half, Glover only had four points. It was clear in the second half what Iona needed to do in the second half.; feed the beast.
Then Glover took over. He proceeded to score eight of Iona's next fifteen points over a span of four minutes. The Gaels jumped out to 65-55 lead with six minutes left. Iona finally seemed to have energy as Machado was piling up the assists and Jones was playing attack point guard for a good part of the game.
The ten point Gaels' lead would have been larger had not Olson scored all five points for Loyola in that span. Olson was not done yet as he buried two three pointers over the next thirty plus seconds to cut the deficit to six, 69-63 with three and a half minutes left.
As we left the Hynes Center, I had to wake up Jonathan and carry him out to our car in the parking garage. On our way home, Matthew fell asleep in the car. It was a long day for a six year old and a four year old. But they got to see the home team win twice.