English lights up for 30 with 14 boards as Iona beats Rider 77-64, halts 2-game losing skid



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NEW ROCHELLE, New York — A.J. English scored 30 points — his sixth straight game scoring 25 points or better — and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace Iona's 77-64 defeat of Rider Wednesday night, breaking a two-game skid.

Iona (5-3, 1-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) trailed for more than five minutes to start. The Gaels then zoomed past the Broncs on a 9-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Isaiah Williams and two baskets by English, and never trailed again. The Gaels drained 11 3-pointers, seven in the first half, to dance out of reach of Rider (4-6, 1-1), which shot 48 percent in the first half yet trailed by 12 at the break.

Schadrac Casimir scored 19 for Iona, Williams 15 — they and English each made three 3-pointers.

Jimmie Taylor scored 16 and Teddy Okereafor 15 for Rider.

Iona senior starter David Laury did not play because of an apparent rules violation.

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