Glover still was unstoppable. He hammered SU's defense into near submission, posting 25 points and 16 rebounds on nine-for-11 shooting. Smith scored most of his 22 points hitting 5 3-point shots. Scott Machado added his own double-double of 13 points and 13 assists.
The 6-foot-7 Glover almost became a Seton Hall Pirate before academic issues disqualified from playing. He's getting the grades now, and leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in field goal percentage (62.6) and is second in rebounding at 9.6 per game.
In the first half, SU started strong, as Joseph scored half of SU's first 16 points. Iona returned the favor delivering two straight 3's, but the Orange was still was ahead 16-12 with 11:34 remaining.
Then the Orange engineered a 9-3 run. Fair received two beautiful passes down-low in the post. and scored on both one-handed jump shots. On the ensuing possession, Fair ripped down a rebound and air-mailed a perfect strike to Waiters, who hammered home a dunk.
SU led by as much as 11 before Iona rallied. Glover dominated SU's 2-3 zone, hitting perimeter shots from all over the court, while Smith drilled two more 3-pointers. The Gaels made it close as, Syracuse carried a 37-31 lead at halftime.
The second half was hard-fought, but when Joseph sank a 3-pointer to give SU a 76-61 advantage with 6:56 left, it looked over - but it was not.
Simply put, the Orange could not sprint easily to the finish line and had to overcome a furious Gaels retaliation. SU was hindered by defensive breakdowns, turnovers and Iona winning the rebounding margin late.
Iona cut SU's lead to seven, but the Orange methodically pulled away and drilled four out of five three throws in the waning seconds to stay unbeaten.