This Week In MAAC GIFs: Jan. 19

Iona, Monmouth and Rider are all tied atop the MAAC standings at 6-2, but that doesn’t mean they had the best plays of the week. Here are the top plays of the week, animated, for the third week of 2015.

A.J. English makes the step back three-pointer to give Iona distance in the second half on Fairfield.

Iona junior A.J. English takes a step back three-pointer against Fairfield and drains it from the corner.

Iona junior A.J. English takes a step back three-pointer against Fairfield and drains it from the corner.

Monmouth’s Max DiLeo nails the go-ahead layup in the Hawks win over Rider.

Monmouth senior Max DiLeo makes a goahead layup

Monmouth senior Max DiLeo makes a goahead layup

Zaid Hearst has become the do it all player for the Bobcats, carrying them at times over the last week with plays like these.

Quinnipiac's Zaid Hearst nails a turnaround jumper against Rider.

Quinnipiac’s Zaid Hearst nails a turnaround jumper against Rider.

Team’s a struggling to find the answer for Rider senior Matt Lopez, whose size causes matchup problems with even the best bigs in the MAAC.

Rider senior Matt Lopez posts up and scores over two Quinnipiac defenders.

Rider senior Matt Lopez posts up and scores over two Quinnipiac defenders.

Fairfield beat Marist on Friday night, with plays like these by Stags junior Marcus Gilbert.

Fairfield junior Marcus Gilbert drives the lane, gets the shot to go and the foul against Marist.

Fairfield junior Marcus Gilbert drives the lane, gets the shot to go and the foul against Marist.

In the first of you make the call, this was called a foul on the floor against Niagara in the game’s final seconds. The Purple Eagles were up 79-78 with just over eight seconds left when English handled, and maybe lost handle, of the ball. You make the call.

Iona's A.J. English gets the foul call with 2.3 seconds left against Niagara. He would hit both free throws and the Gaels would prevail 80-79.

Iona’s A.J. English gets the foul call with 2.3 seconds left against Niagara. He would hit both free throws and the Gaels would prevail 80-79.

The refs called a foul, English made two free throws, and the Gaels escaped with a 80-79 win, which did not make Niagara head coach Chris Casey particularly happy after postgame handshakes.

Niagara head coach Chris Casey, after post game handshakes, fuming on the court after falling 80-79 to Iona.

Niagara head coach Chris Casey, after post game handshakes, fuming on the court after falling 80-79 to Iona.

Marist and Quinnipiac were close in the games final seconds. Up 72-70, Quinnipiac defended a Khallid Hart drive to the basket, but Eric Troug came up with the offensive board. You make the call, was it a goal tend? The refs would give Evan Conti a foul with 0.1 seconds left, but Troug missed the first free throw and made the second. Marist fell 72-71 to the Bobcats and remain winless in MAAC play.

Marist's Eric Troug attempts the game's final shot, but was blocked in the game's final moments. Quinnipiac's Evan Conti was given a foul, but Troug missed the possible game-tying free throw.

Marist’s Eric Troug attempts the game’s final shot, but was blocked in the game’s final moments. Quinnipiac’s Evan Conti was given a foul, but Troug missed the possible game-tying free throw.

Gilbert delivers a dunk against Monmouth, watch out Hawk defenders!

Fairfield's Marcus Gilbert follows Tyler Nelson's missed layup with a two-hand slam against Monmouth.

Fairfield’s Marcus Gilbert follows Tyler Nelson’s missed layup with a two-hand slam against Monmouth.

Siena’s Marquis Wright grabs this rebound and takes it out, but then decides to attack. The result? A layup past a few Niagara defenders.

Siena sophomore Marquis Wright grabs the rebound and takes it out, but reconsiders and attacks for a layup against Niagara.

Siena sophomore Marquis Wright grabs the rebound and takes it out, but reconsiders and attacks for a layup against Niagara.

Monmouth graduate transfer Brice Kofane shows off his rim protecting skill for the Hawks, something that has come in handy this season, meeting Fairfield’s Malcolm Gilbert up high for the stuff.

Monmouth graduate transfer Brice Kofane stuffs Fairfield's Malcolm Gilbert up high.

Monmouth graduate transfer Brice Kofane stuffs Fairfield’s Malcolm Gilbert up high.

Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.