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Iona men’s basketball shuts down until MAAC tournament due to COVID-19

The Iona Gaels men’s basketball staff will not play one other regular-season sport until the autumn months on the earliest. 

Per Zach Braziller of the New York Post, Iona confirmed on Monday that it’s pausing for the third time due to COVID-19 points affecting this system. As a consequence, the Gaels have been shut down by the conclusion of the common season. 

Braziller added that Iona thought-about prematurely ending the marketing campaign completely however as a substitute elected to take part within the MAAC tournament that begins on March 8. 

“This is extremely unfortunate news to learn at a time so late in the season,” head coach Rick Pitino stated in a ready assertion. “I feel awful for our student-athletes who worked so hard to get back following our pause that lasted nearly two months. The pandemic is still very real, and ultimately the health and safety of those around the program is most important. We look forward to returning and competing in the MAAC Championship in March.”

Earlier this season, Iona endured a 51-day pause due to a coronavirus outbreak. Despite that setback, the Gaels have performed the required minimal of 13 video games and, thus, can be eligible to qualify for the NCAA Tournament subsequent month. 

Iona improved to 8-5 general and 6-3 within the convention with a win over the Monmouth Hawks this previous Saturday. 

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