Je’lon Hornbeak went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and led Monmouth with a season-high tying 25 points and Justin Robinson added 16 points and five assists. “I’m confident because I have these kids,” Rice said. “We’re an older group. Senior-laden groups usually play well. We have a lot of seniors, we’re a very confident group. We wanted to win the regular season. We got to 18 [wins] and we’re extremely excited about that because this league is so tough on a night-in and night out basis.” Deyshonee Much paced Iona with 18 points, Jordan Washington added 16 points and eight rebounds and Jon Severe scored 14 points. After Iona trimmed it to 75-71 on a basket from Severe, Austin Tilghman hit two free throws for Monmouth. Rickey McGill missed a three-point attempt for Iona that would have trimmed the lead to 77-76. If the two teams meet again, Monmouth will be the favorite despite last year’s result. “Hopefully if we have to play them again,” Rice said, “we’ll play better the next time.” Asked if his team wanted a third shot at Monmouth next week, Iona’s Washington wouldn’t bite. “This week we gotta worry about getting better in the gym and that first game on Saturday we gotta play well,” he said, “and then we gonna worry about the rest of the teams when we play them.” Said Iona coach Tim Cluess: “On any night we can beat anybody, just like anybody in this league can.” *** MAAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
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Thur., March 2 (First round, ESPN3)
Game 1: No. 8 Quinnipiac vs. No. 9 Niagara, 5 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 Canisius vs. No. 10 Marist, 7 p.m.
Game 3: No. 6 Rider vs. No. 11 Manhattan, 9 p.m. Fri. March 3 (Quarterfinals, ESPN3)
Game 4: No. 1 Monmouth vs. No. 8 Quinnipiac/No. 9 Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5: No. 2 St. Peter’s vs. No. 7 Canisius/No. 10 Marist, 9 p.m. Sat. March 4 (Quarterfinals, ESPN3)
Game 6: No. 3 Iona vs. No. 6 Rider/No. 11 Manhattan, 7 p.m.
Game 7: No. 4 Siena vs. No. 5 Fairfield, 9 p.m. Sun. March 5 (Semifinals, ESPN3)
Game 4 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m. Mon. March 6
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