Okay, so I got suckered into that poor pun.
Saturday evening's game between Iona and Manhattan came to blows at Madison Square Garden.
Here's a portion of the story from the Journal News.
With 7:57 left in the half and Iona leading 18-9, Manhattan center Herve Banogle horse-collared Iona's Scott Machado, and both hit the floor on Iona's end of the court. Banogle pushed Alejo Rodriguez as he got up, and Iona's third-year sophomore from Mount St. Michael threw a punch. Banogle hit back, and coaches rushed onto the floor to pull the players away from each other.
The fans stood up, an security rushed to keep them off the floor. After the officials had talked to both Jaspers coach Barry Rohrssen and Gaels coach Kevin Willard, Banogle and Rodriguez were ejected, and Banogle was charged with an intentional four for the action preceding the fist fight.
Not that the two are related in any way, but it was Kevin Willard's father, Ralph Willard's Holy Cross team that had a but of a run in with Siena earlier this season.
The Gaels have the early frontrunner for Rookie of the Year in the conference with Machado, who is averaging 9.5 points, a team-best 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Siena seems to be on quite some roll right now.
The Saints dismantled Niagara and so far they have yet to be tested at home.
They are in the Top 20 in RPI and have different players stepping up each night.
Remember Siena? The Saints were a trendy pick to be a Top 25 team in the preseason. Siena coach Fran McCaffery believed he had one of the best 25 teams in the country. But then the Saints whiffed in three games at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., and it was no surprise that Siena couldn't beat Kansas or Pitt on the road. But the most important thing has always been getting the No. 1 seed in the MAAC. Siena is 9-0 after dispatching second-place Niagara in Albany, 82-65.
Prediction: Siena 78, Iona 64 (This could be a game where Siena falls, but I don't think at home it will happen. My record is 16-4)
Labels: College Basketball, Iona, Manhattan, Siena