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Niagara-Manhattan game analysis

Niagara 66, Manhattan 59

How Niagara Won: The Purple Eagles came in having shot less than 65 percent from the line on the season . . . then proceeded to make 23 of 27 (85.2 percent). Manhattan ws 10 of 13.

Turning point: Jaspers were within 55-51 when Marvin Jordan took an Anthony Nelson pass and buried a three from the wing with 3:57 remaining, Manhattan would get no closer than five.

Player of the Game:  Nelson went out in style in his final games at Taps: 12 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Stat of the Game: Besides Niagara's free throw shooting? How about its 30-28 rebounding advantage. In the first meeting, a 51-49 Manhattan victory on Jan. 17, the Jaspers obliterated the Purple Eagles on the glass, 42-24.

SOTG II: This was Nelson's fourth double-digit assist game of the season. His high of 14 came against Marist on Feb. 6.

In the House: The crowd of 1,662 honored Nelson with a couple of standing ovations.

What It Means: Niagara finished the regular season 9-22, 5-13 and will play Marist in the MAAC Tournament Friday in Bridgeport, Conn.

He said it: "I don't think it was a thing of beauty but we did what we had to do. We had to win today. We had to feel good about ourselves at the end of February going into the tournament. I just told the guys, we're 5-3 (the last eight). That's not earth-shattering but it's pretty darn good. If you can do that for four months you're 20-12." -- Niagara coach Joe Mihalich.

---Bob DiCesare


College basketball | Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference | Niagara
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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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