NCAAB Game Recap - Iona at Colorado
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Colorado 99, Iona 54

Dec 29, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Iona (2-5)

19

35

54

Colorado (11-2)

35

64

99

Colorado doubles up to down Iona 99-54
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:46 PM

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado tied a school-record by cashing 17 threes in a 99-54 blowout win over Iona.

"They were making everything," said Iona senior guard E.J. Crawford. "They hit a lot of shots."

The Buffaloes tallied a season-high 57% from the field and had nine different players connect from downtown.

"This is what we get in the gym for," said Colorado junior guard McKinley Wright IV, who also set his season mark with three triples.

Wright finished with 13 points and 10 assists in his second straight double-double performance the last of which came in points and rebounds. Colorado's Evan Battey also had a double-double, his first of the season, scoring 12 and snatching 12 boards.

"What a feel-good when as we finished non-conference play," Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said. "Going into this game I was nervous, and I don't think we got Iona's best shot."

Behind a 45-12 run sandwiched around the halftime break, the Buffaloes (11-2) stepped on the gas and blew away the Gaels (2-5). The second half started strong for Colorado, nabbing 11 of the first 12 rebounds of the period and starting on a 15-of-20 shooting tear from the field.

Battey was dominant in that stretch, scoring all of his dozen during the run. But the Buffs were also buoyed by blistering shooting from outside at a 61% clip. D'Shawn Schwartz knocked down four 3s and had a game-high 14 points in the wire-to-wire win.

"I think our offense was scoring really well," Wright said. "We shared the ball, it was clicking that high level

Seven Buffaloes ended in double figures for the first time since 2013 and the team recorded a Boyle-era best 26 assists.

The Buffaloes also had a season-best rebounding margin of 47-23.

"That's what Colorado basketball is all about," Battey said.

The Gaels had a brief run in the second half and were led by Crawford's 14 points, nine of which came in the second half. Iona's leading-scorer Tajuan Agee was held to just nine points.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Colorado's banged 17 threes which tied the school-high set on Jan. 30, 2005 against Oklahoma State. The Buffaloes began the day as the 146th best 3-point shooting team but have had two-straight games where triples have been a big factor. The Buffs got their last win over a ranked Dayton team by a buzzer-beating, game-winner from Schwartz.

BIG PICTURE

The Buffaloes have won four straight and finished non-conference play 11-2. Just outside the rankings, Colorado's only losses were at Kansas and against Northern Iowa.

Coming off of last year's NCAA Tournament appearance the Gaels have started slow and have lost three straight games. Next weekend they'll travel to Monmouth for a rematch of the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Title game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Colorado fell just two spots shy of The AP Top 25 Poll last Monday and could certainly re-enter the poll with their win. If the Buffaloes do re-enter the poll, CU Events Center would play host on Thursday to just the third ranked vs ranked matchup in the stadium's 40-year history.

UP NEXT

Iona begins conference play with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup against Saint Peter's on Friday.

Colorado plays host to No. 6 Oregon on Thursday. The two were picked to finish first and second in the Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll, and the game will open conference play for each side.

"Big-time game, it's gonna be a war," Wright said. "They're gonna come in here trying to beat us. They've never won here."

For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Leaders

Iona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Cashaw 0 0 0 1 1 0
N. Nikolic 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colorado PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Ersek 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. McQuade 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Iona Colora
Points For 54 99
Field Goals 18/60-30% 34/60-57%
Three Pointers 6/28-21% 17/28-61%
Free Throws 12/15-80% 14/21-67%
Offensive Rebounds 3 9
Defensive Rebounds 21 38
Rebounds 27 48
Blocks 3 0
Steals 11 7
Turnovers 15 15
Personal Fouls 19 12
Technical Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Colora Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 Iona 54 @ Colora 99 A. Gist 2 J. Dombek 3

Game Information

Stadium: CU Events Center, Boulder, Colorado
Attendance: 6,753
Game Time: