McGill, Casimir combine for 47, Iona advances to MAAC semis
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rickey McGill and Schadrac Casimir combined for 47 points and Iona led from start to finish, ousting Rider from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals 88-70 on Saturday night.
McGill scored 25 with four 3-pointers and had six assists while Casimir scored 22, also with four treys and the third-seeded Gaels (20-12) advance to meet No. 2 seed St. Peter’s (19-6) in a Sunday semifinal. Iona defeated St. Peter’s 69-66 in overtime at the end of January.
Rider, the No. 6 seed, lost in the MAAC quarterfinals for the sixth-straight season.
Jordan Washington finished with 16 points for Iona, his final basket — a dunk with 1:21 left to play — giving him exactly 1,000 career points.
The Broncs came as close as 53-46 on a Stevie Jordan layup with 17:15 to play but shortly afterward Rider was held scoreless for more than five minutes while the Gaels went on a 9-0 run.
Jordan led Rider with 19 points, Kahlil Thomas and Xavier Lundy scored 13 each while Norville Carey added 12. Thomas added 10 rebounds for his twelfth double-double and Jordan also doubled up with 12 boards.