Niagara 94, Marist 72
How Niagara Won: They looked like two teams coming off the holidays as the Purple Eagles and Red Foxes combined for miss the game's first 10 shots. Niagara kicked it in then and there, making 29 of its next 32, opening a 51-30 halftime bulge and coasting from there.
Turning Point: Marist went scoreless the opening 7 minutes and 23 seconds, fell behind 13-0 and never made a serious run.
Player of the Game: Ameen Tanksley played only 27 minutes but still came up with his third double-double of the season. His 22 points were a season-high and his 12 boards matched his season's best.
Best Supporting Role: Malcolm Lemmons scored 11 points off the bench for the second time in four games. He's made 11 of his last 16 shots from the floor. Trouble is, guard minutes are hard to come by on Monteagle Ridge.
What It Means: Niagara is 2-1 and has won its conference home opener for the first time in three years. They have a share of the MAAC lead after three games for the first time since '08-09.
Stat Check: Niagara's 94 points against just nine turnovers is quite the feat.
Stat Check II: Can someone please look up the last time Niagara scored 50 points in the paint?
In the House: Just 1,159 with the students still on break.
They Said It:
Juan'ya Green on playing more 2 guard with freshman Tanjere McCall handling some of the point: "I'm trying to adjust to it but I think it's worked out for both of us."
Niagara coach Joe Mihalich on the point position: "The feeling from our point of view is it's like I have two point guards out there."
Mihalich on Tanksley's grit: "That's when he's at his best. We talk about attitude and so forth. That's what makes Ameen a good player, when he plays that way."
Next Up: Red-hot Fairfield brings its seven-game winning streak to the Gallagher Center at 3 Saturday afternoon.
-- Bob DiCesare
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