Niagara 86, Marist 67
How Niagara Won: Niagara had just too many scorers, too many offensive options, for a Marist team that can't say the same. The Purple Eagles came out focused, blew out to a 13-3 lead and never looked back. Marist might have used youth as an excuse except that the Purple Eagles are just as young. Niagara starts two true freshmen, a redshirt freshman, a sophomore and a junior.
Player of the Game: Never mind his 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Antoine Mason's best effort came when he hustled back in transition, cut through a crowd in the lane and came out of nowhere to block a Marist layup attempt.
Player of the Game II: Sophomore Malcolm Lemmons went for 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes.
Stat of the Game: Niagara cruised even though Juan'ya Green failed to score in double figures for the first time in his career.
In the House: There were 1,133 at Taps.
What it Means: Niagara improved to 8-11 overall, 3-4 in the MAAC.
Next Up: It's Niagara at Canisius at 8:30 Thursday night.
-- Bob DiCesare
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