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Niagara-Saint Peter's Game Analysis

Saints Peter's 74, Niagara 65


How Saint Peter’s Won:  Domination on the inside. Better ball movement. More rebounds. A 21-6 advantage in bench points. Pretty much a clean statistical sweep.


Turning Point: Nick Leon scored 11 points in a 13-1 run for the Peacocks that opened a 49-41 edge with 11:42 remaining.


 Player of the Game: Leon (19 points) has to share this one with forward Ryan Bacon, who ravaged Niagara in the paint, scoring 15 points to go with his second straight 16-rebound game against the Purple Eagles.


Stat of the Game: Eight of Bacon’s 16 boards came at the offensive end and Saint Peter’s scored 23 second-chance points.


 He Said It: “You know, we were all fired up for this week. We’re finally home. We hadn’t been home in a month. And it was a real kick in the head that Tyrone goes down.” – Niagara coach Joe Mihalich on Tyrone Lewis missing the game with a bruised shoulder.


 In the House:  2,179 at the Gallagher Center left wondering, “What's going on here?”


Up Next:  Rider pays a visit at 4 p.m. Sunday.


-- Bob DiCesare


Big 4 | College basketball | Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference | Niagara
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Bob Dicesare

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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