Iona 83, Niagara 72

Sean Armand posted his first career double-double as Iona topped

Niagara 83-72 Wednesday night in each team’s Metro Atlantic

Athletic Conference opener.

Armand scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high 11

rebounds for the Gaels (3-2, 1-0). Armand also pitched in five

assists, while Curtis Dennis had 17 points and Tre Bowman, Lamont

Jones and Tavon Sledge all had 12. Sledge and Jones also had five

assists each, with Sledge adding four steals.

Antoine Mason led Niagara (2-4, 0-1) with 24 points, while Ameen

Tanksley posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards.

Iona trailed 14-11 when Armand hit a 3 to spark a 19-1 run. The

Gaels led by as many as 16, 40-24, but the Purple Eagles slowly

chipped the advantage to 67-62 with 5:27 left in the game.

Iona hit 7 of 8 free-throw attempts in the final 4:04, including

four by Jones.