Iona 72, Niagara 66
How Iona Won: Freshman Sean Armand came off bench to go 4 for 7 from three, score a game-high 15 points and rescue a Gaels' team that definitely looked like it was taking Niagara for granted. Armand nailed three straight threes after the game was tied at 42. Is result different if a Skylar Jones three doesn't go in and out inside 5 minutes with Purple Eagles down one?
Turning Point: Armand's barrage put Purple Eagles in a nine-point deficit midway through the second half and proved too much for a Niagara team that was crawling out of holes all night.
Player of the Game: Niagara sophoore Erik Williams brought his snarl to the court and struck for career highs of 18 points and nine rebounds. Who would have thought he'd outscore Iona's Mike Glover, who averages 20.7, by eight?
Stat of the Game: Niagara attempted just 17 threes - a welcomed decline for a team that ranks next-to-last in the nation in three-point shooting percentage. Purple Eagles made a concerted effort to get ball inside from the get-go. You don't see it from them often enough.
What It Means: Niagara falls to 4-16, 1-7. Iona's 13-6. 7-1
They Said It: "I just told the guys, I think we should have won the game. When you start talking about moral victories, getting close, all that stuff, then you're really talking like a loser. We're not going to allow that to happen." -- Niagara coach Joe Mihalich.
In the House: A crowd of 1,651 at The Taps.
Next Up: Niagara entertains Fairfield at 2 p.m. Sunday while Iona travels to Canisius.
-- Bob DiCesare
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