Mark Lyons and former Arizona guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones have similar styles on the basketball court — 6-foot-1 confident shooting guards from New York City who have played the point-guard position in college.
Both will have played against Ohio State defensive ace Aaron Craft at point guard in a span of a week.
Lyons should make it a goal that his similarities with the prolific scoring Jones end before the Wildcats and Buckeyes tip off Thursday night in Los Angeles. Craft locked down Jones — who provided locker-room material before the NCAA tournament matchup — to the tune of 3-for-14 shooting from the field (1 of 8 from three-point range) and only nine points in Iona’s 95-70 loss to the Buckeyes.
“I don’t feel like there’s anybody that can stop me,” Jones was quoted as saying by the New York Post before facing Craft. “That’s just how I go into every game. That’s no knock on what he does. I haven’t seen him. I don’t know the guy, just like he doesn’t know me.”
“I’m going to go out and play to the best of my ability. If he happens to be one of the best defensive players in the country, we’ll see. If not, we’ll see that, too.”
We saw Craft as one of the best defensive players in the country. Jones scored 13 points under his average.