David Laury's 15 points and seven rebounds helped Iona to 76-55 win over Wofford in Gaels' home opener. (Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News)
Following a deflating road loss in which they blew a fifteen-point lead, Iona College got back on the right track today, using a second half in which the Gaels shot 68 percent from the field to defeat Wofford by the final of 76-55 in the reigning MAAC champions' home opener at the Hynes Center.
"I thought we played a tentative kind of first half," Iona head coach Tim Cluess said after the Gaels came out in a defensive mindset, but only shot 29 percent from the field. "In the second half, the kids came to life, shared the ball, made shots, and kind of played Iona basketball."
Three Gaels ended the night in double figures, led by Sean Armand's 20 points, which included an exclamation point of a dunk with 3:40 remaining that put Iona ahead 72-52. Junior college transfer Isaiah Williams added 19 points and five three-pointers, and also chipped in with eight rebounds, while David Laury contributed another solid effort with 15 points and seven rebounds. Spencer Collins led Wofford with 23 points in the losing effort.
With the win, Iona moves to 1-1 going into Tuesday night's game against Andrew Wiggins and Kansas, the Gaels' next contest before returning home a week from today to face Paul Hewitt and George Mason.