Iona Stomps Maryland

Terps even their record to 2-2 after falling to Iona 89-63.

In the short time since his young Maryland team has begun regular season play, Coach Mark Turgeon has stressed two areas his team must improve in: transition defense and taking care of the ball. The Terps struggled mightily in both areas Sunday, as they fell to Iona, 89-63.

The Terrapins recorded a season high 26 turnovers in the loss, making careless decisions and collapsing under the full-court pressure of the Gaels.

Arizona transfer Lamont “Momo” Jones led Iona with 22 points, Scott Machado had 15 point and 15 assists and Michael Glover recorded 19 point and 10 rebounds in the win.

The key to Sunday's game was undoubtedly ball control. The Gaels turned the ball over only nine times on the day and registered 22 assists compared to Maryland's nine assists and 26 turnovers. Iona also recorded 13 steals on the afternoon, to Maryland's one.

Senior Sean Mosley led the team with 21 points, followed by guard Terrell Stoglin's 17. Coming off of a career high 32-point game Friday against Colorado, Stoglin struggled to consistently score on Sunday as the Iona defense did a nice job locking down the main Maryland scoring threat. Mosley on the other hand, continued his impressive start to his senior campaign, shooting 7-of-12 from the field (4-of-8 from 3-point range).

Iona picked apart Maryland in transition, as Machado was able to knife through the Terrapins at will, dishing off assists left and right. Machado's 41 assists over the weekend's three games were a new tournament record.

On the other end, the Gaels' full-court pressure completely took the Maryland offense out of sync, forcing 10 Terps' turnovers in the games first 10 minutes.

Maryland fought back at times, getting as close as within one, but were never able to ride the wave of momentum. As the turnovers built up, the experienced Iona team, whom ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb called one of the five best mid-majors in the country, began to pull away.

The Terps are still searching for freshman guard Nick Faust to find himself out on the court. Aside from the occasional flash of brilliance, Faust has struggled during the team's trip to Puerto Rico. The freshman netted only two points Sunday, going 1-of-7 from the floor and recording four personal fouls to go with three turnovers to only one assist.

Maryland (2-2, 0-0 ACC) has a few days off to recover from their trip, as their next matchup is Friday, Nov. 25 against Florida Gulf Coast.


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