Niagara Gazette

Niagara U.

January 28, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Niagara heads to Canisius in unfamiliar underdog role

The phrase “throw the records out the window” has been used before a lot of Niagara-Canisius men’s basketball games over the last dozen years.

That won’t be necessary tonight, when the Little Three rivals meet in a pivotal Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at the Koessler Center.

Not since 1998 has Canisius (10-11, 5-5) been ahead of Niagara (11-11, 4-6) in the MAAC standings after 10 games. That was the season before Joe Mihalich took over the Purple Eagles.

Of late, the series has been as one-sided as at any point in its history. Niagara has won 13 of the last 14 meetings, and even Canisius coach Tom Parrotta regards his team’s home win two years ago as a “fluke.”

“When we were at the top of the standings the last couple of years, we had to match their intensity because we knew how big it would be for them to beat us,” said Niagara’s Tyrone Lewis, who is expected to return tonight after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury.

Last February, the Purple Eagles put on a dominant defensive performance, winning 57-41. The last time Niagara held Canisius to so few points was 1941.

Lewis said the Purple Eagles need to rediscover that defensive mindset in order to revive an offense that has struggled mightily this month. In losing six of eight MAAC games for the first time under Mihalich, Niagara has averaged less than 63 points in regulation.

“When you get a lot of fast break points, those layups, it makes the 3-point shot a lot easier,” Lewis said.

Lewis said another reason the Purple Eagles have struggled late is that fellow seniors Bilal Benn, Rob Garrison and Demetrius Williamson have had to learn how to respond to losing after having been on winning teams for their entire careers.

“I remember talking to ’Meech and he said, ‘I’m not used to this, Ty.’ He was emotionally stressed. He didn’t know what to do,” said Lewis, who didn’t come from a powerhouse high school program and lost eight of his first 10 games as a freshman in 2007.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Niagara U.
  • Niagara shuts out Canisius

    Paul Zanette had a goal and assist while goaltender Chris Noonan made 29 saves to propel the Niagara University men’s hockey team to a critical 3-0 victory over Canisius at the Buffalo State College Sports Complex.

    February 17, 2011

  • Situation getting worse for Niagara basketball team

    Niagara sank into last place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 51-49 loss at Manhattan, which came into the game on a 15-game losing streak Monday. And that was hardly the most ominous news to come out of the lost weekend, which also included Saturday’s setback at Saint Peter’s.

    January 17, 2011

  • 110107 NU-Rider.jpg Niagara falls hard in big game

    With Calvin Murphy being honored at halftime and ESPNU showing the game nationwide, the Purple Eagles missed more than twice as many shots as they made and lost 82-65 to visiting Metro Atlantic Athletic foe Rider before a crowd of 1,275.

    January 8, 2011 1 Photo

  • 110107 Calvin Murphy 2.jpg A legend holds court at NU

    Calvin Murphy adds to his legend in return

    January 7, 2011 3 Photos

  • Calvin Murphy excited to come back to Niagara

    Murphy is passionate about showing his loyalty to Niagara because the university has done the same for him over the years.

    January 6, 2011

  • Niagara loses by 45 at Drexel

    The Niagara men’s basketball team suffered through its most lopsided loss in over a decade on its worst offensive night in almost a century.

    December 28, 2010

  • 101203 NU Hockey 2.jpg Niagara making impression in Atlantic Hockey

    As second semester approaches, Purple Eagles have rebounded after down year

    December 27, 2010 1 Photo

  • Purple Eagles encouraged to follow the leader

    Having lost seven of eight games for just the second time in his 12 years at Niagara, coach Joe Mihalich is concerned that his roster of mostly freshmen and sophomores is not responding to the leadership being provided by his lone senior.

    December 27, 2010

  • Dobrich pursues his passion coaching the Purple Eagles

    Luke Dobrich, 32, is in his eighth season as a men’s basketball assistant coach at Niagara, and his first as the senior member of head coach Joe Mihalich’s staff.

    December 22, 2010

  • Nelson’s basket lifts NU past Bowling Green

    Anthony Nelson’s basket with just a second left on the shot clock proved the game’s winning play as the Purple Eagles evened their record at 2-2 with a 65-61 victory over Bowling Green on Friday. 

    November 26, 2010

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page