Monday, February 13, 2012

Iona's Machado, Mr. Versatility, Gets Triple-Double

The Iona men's basketball team, which has produced more than its share of individual statistical accomplishments this season, got another one Sunday in its 83-74 victory over Marist.

In that contest the Gaels' Scott Machado recorded his first career triple-double, the hallmark of versatility.

Machado had 10 points, 10 assists and a career-high 11 rebounds.

How rare is a triple-double at the college level ... or, at least within the MAAC?

The last time it happened at Iona was nearly 12 years ago when the program's front-court standout Nakiea Miller accumulated 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a semifinal-round game of the 2000 MAAC post-season tournament.

And Miller was among the first to recognize Machado's triple-double Sunday night when he tweeted his congratulations to Machado from Singapore where he is currently playing professionally.

“It feels amazing,” Machado said after the game. “It’s an accomplishment that I always wanted to get and I’m just thankful that I was able to get it tonight and that I got to get it before my career was over here. I’m thankful and blessed.”

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