NIAGARA FALLS —
The Niagara Purple Eagles fell behind by 14 points in the first five minutes Friday and never recovered, losing 77-51 to Georgia Tech at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta.
Freshman guard Antoine Mason led the Purple Eagles with 20 points. Kashief Edwards chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Niagara (0-2) played its second straight game without senior point guard Anthony Nelson, who is day to day with an unspecified injury to his facial area sustained in practice.
Coach Joe Mihalich shuffled the starting lineup a bit after Wednesday’s opener, starting freshman Skylar Jones on the wing instead of classmate Malcom Lemmons, and swapping Scooter Gillette in for fellow sophomore center Eric Williams.
Neither of the new starters produced very much, as Jones followed up his 15-point debut with just four points, and Gillette finished with five points and three rebounds.
Lemmons had four points and three rebounds off the bench. Marvin Jordan, the freshman point guard starting in Nelson’s place, had four points and two assists.
The Purple Eagles shot 33 percent from the field, going 3 of 15 from long range, and hit only 18 of 31 free throw attempts. Just six of their 15 made baskets were assisted. They turned the ball over 18 times and only grabbed five offensive rebounds, leading to 41-28 rebounding deficit against a team that starts four players 6-foot-6 or shorter.
Brian Oliver led Georgia Tech (3-1) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Glen Rice Jr. had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Yellow Jackets opened the game on a 9-0 run and led 16-2 at the 14:48 mark of the first half. The halftime score was 48-24 and it reached 64-27 six minutes into the second half.
Niagara hosts Mount St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. Monday.