Key rebounds by Hines catapult Iona, leaders of the MAAC

February 6, 2015

Ryden Hines BasketballBack in the Iona College starting lineup, Ryden Hines of Anchorage earned his keep with two key offensive rebounds that directly led to points that sparked an 87-83 win over Siena in New York.

The sophomore forward finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in 26 minutes. He also sank his only 3-point attempt.

“Rebounding is huge,” Hines told me. “It’s my role on the team to focus on getting boards and limiting the other team to only one shot. If we can keep them from getting second-chance points, we know we will have a good chance to win.”

His offensive rebound at 2:58 led to his free throw at 2:36, giving Iona an 82-75 lead.

His offensive rebound at 1:30 led to a teammate’s dunk at 1:11, pushing the lead to 84-79.

Hines, of Dimond High fame, has started 10 of 22 games this season. He is averaging 3.1 points on 54 percent shooting.

The 6-foot-10, 225-pounder is averaging 2.6 rebounds but has had six or more four times highlighted by a career-high 10 rebounds.

“D1 basketball is very physical,” he said. “The guys you are going up against are strong and athletic, so you have to really study them on film and become a student of the game to learn their tendencies.”

Iona has won four straight and improved to 17-6. The Gaels lead the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at 10-2.

“I love being here at Iona College,” Hines said. “We have great coaches and all the guys on our team are like brothers, and we have each other’s back, no matter what and I ultimately think that is why we are successful.”