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Fairfield @ Niagara -- FINAL

FINAL: Fairfield   57, Niagara  49

Looks like we'll have less than the usual near-capacity crowd in the behind-the-bench seating at Taps today. Could it be because the area's favorite son is playing in the NFC title game at 3?

Niagara again without Kashief Edwards (scope). Fairfield held Niagara to 14 first-half point in 70-48 romp in Connecticutt Jan. 3. Stags are one of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's premier defensive teams, so this is going to be a major challenge for Purple Eagles.

SECOND HALF

Fairfield 28, Niagara 23, 15:34 left: Turnovers hurting Niagara. Only basket a three by Jordan. Yorel Hawkins just threw down an alley-oop off Needham feed. Purple Eagles 1 of 4 with three giveaways. Stags have hit on 4 of 6 this half.

Fairfield 34, Niagara 27, 11:24 to go: Stags had lead up as high as nine. Fairfield doing much better job attacking Niagara's 2-3 zone with cutters through the paint. Rebounding becoming a huge problem for Niagara (Fairfield, 32-20, with 12 offensive).

Fairfield 38, Niagara 27: 7-footer Ryan Olander hits a short hook and feeds Lyndon Jordan for a layup and Stags having their way.

Fairfield 42, Niagara 35 5:55: Niagara still hanging despite just three second-half field goals.

FIRST HALF

We're 5:05 in and Niagara's still looking for first points. Senior forward Yorel Hawkins has four as Stags lead, 6-0. Purple Eagles Skylar Jones' has rimmed out a couple of threes and Erik Williams missed from close in with 7-footer Ryan Olander lurking. Niagara 0-5 FG with four turnovers.

Fairfield 10, Niagara 4, 11:11 left:: Marvin Jordan going to line for Niagara. Fairfield man-to-man and half-court traps causing Purple Eagles all kinds of grief. Niagara 2 of 10 from field, Fairfield 5 of 14. Stags own boards, 11-6, and Niagara hasn't an offensive rebound.

Niagara 14, Fairfield 10, 7:57 left: That's right. Niagara has ripped off 10 straight and is beating Stags upcourt in transition. Skylar Jones tied game with a three as shot clock expired and Javon Moore followed with a pair of fast-break layups. Run took place with Fairfield's offensive glue, Derek Needham, on bench. He's checking back in.

Niagara 21, Fairfield 18, 2:56 left: Niagara getting nice effort out of Javon Moore.

Halftime: Niagara 21, Fairfield 19: Yes, we're playing with a shot clock. Niagara 9 of 24 FG (2 of 9 from three). Fairfiled 7-27 and 0-5. Moore leads all scorers with nine followed by Jordan with eight. Needham (ave 14.1) has just one for Stags. Purple Eagles shortening game by running clock out of half-court set but they're also pushing tempo off defensive rebounds, and with pretty good success.

 -- Bob DiCesare

 

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

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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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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