Iuzzolino selected to NEC Hall
SOMERSET, N.J. — Former Saint Francis men’s basketball great Mike Iuzzolino was named to the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame on Wednesday, the conference office announced.
Iuzzolino transferred to Saint Francis from Penn State after his sophomore season and quickly established himself as one of the top shooters in the conference’s history.
“It is extremely humbling to receive this individual award while playing a team sport,” Iuzzolino said. “I have a lot of great coaches and teammates to thank for the sacrifices they made to help me achieve this award.”
He was at the forefront of Saint Francis’s lone NEC title in 1990-91, leading the Red Flash to a school-record 24 wins. He was particularly impressive in SFU’s win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the NEC Championship game, scoring 32 points on 6-of-9 3-pointers.
A two-time first team All-NEC honoree, Iuzzolino registered 1,346 points in two seasons and averaged 22.8 ppg during his SFU career. He established a school record with 24.1 ppg in 1990-91.
Iuzzolino twice led the NEC in 3-point accuracy. He shot a scorching 52.3 percent from downtown — still the school record — and hit 182 trifectas during his SFU career. The 5-foot-10 guard converted 54.6 percent of his field goal attempts and was a career 87.9 percent shooter from the line.
Iuzzolino was recognized for his accomplishments when he was selected to the NEC’s 20th and 25th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Teams.
An all-star both on the court and in the classroom, Iuzzolino was a two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-American and was tabbed the Academic All-American of the Year for men’s basketball in 1991.
Following his collegiate career, Iuzzolino was drafted in the second round of the 1991 NBA draft by Dallas and played two seasons for the Mavericks, averaging 9.0 ppg. He went on to enjoy a long professional career, first competing in the CBA, followed by a six-year stay in Italy and two more seasons in Spain.
Iuzzolino, an Altoona native, went on to become a college coach with stints as a women’s assistant at Duquesne (2005-07) and George Mason (2007-08), head men’s coach at St. Vincent (2008-12), director of men’s basketball operations at Canisius (2012-13) and New Mexico (2013-14), men’s assistant at Canisius (2014-16) and his current position as a men’s assistant at Robert Morris (2016- present).