- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - A.J. English scored 24 points and distributed seven assists as Iona won its 25th consecutive home game and fifth straight to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with a 67-58 win over Rider Thursday night.

Iona’s Isaiah Williams knocked down a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to send the teams into intermission tied, 29-29.

English scored eight points in the final 10 minutes of the game as Iona pulled away. Williams and Aaron Rountree each converted a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.

Williams and Jordan Washington finished with 15 and 11 points for Iona (8-6, 5-0 MAAC).

Xavier Lundy scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Rider, with Kahlil Thomas adding 11 points and 11 boards.

Iona now owns a six-game win streak against the Broncs, who have not won in New Rochelle since the 2010-11 season.

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