Niagara Gazette

February 22, 2014

NU hoops nearing finish

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara University men’s basketball team looks to end a seven-game losing streak today in its home finale when the Purple Eagles host the Quinnipiac Bobcats. This is the second meeting of the season for the two after the Bobcats (18-8, 13-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) defeated the Purple Eagles (6-22, 3-14 MAAC) 85-71 on Jan. 18.

The Bobcats are currently tied for second place in the MAAC, and will need to find a way to stop NU junior Antoine Mason to continue their strong season. Mason is currently leading the nation in free throws made, free throws attempted and field goals attempted. He is also second in the nation in scoring (25.5 ppg).

Senior forward Marcus Ware has been hot for the Purple Eagles recently, averaging 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over the last eight contests. Ware set a career high in rebounds with 12 against Canisius on Feb. 14.

The Purple Eagles are 13-2 in their last 15 home regular season finales and have won seven straight. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.

The game will also serve as Niagara’s “Senior Night.” Four-year Purple Eagles Marvin Jordan will play his last game at the Gallagher Center and will be honored alongside Ware, who transferred to NU before this season.

The women’s team travels to Monmouth for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Hawks. 

The Purple Eagles (8-18, 6-11 MAAC) defeated the Hawks (6-22, 5-12 MAAC) on Jan. 19, thanks in large part to the play of Victoria Rampado. Rampado helped complete the 48-45 comeback victory scoring 21 of her 23 points in the second half while going 8 for 11 from the field.

Chevannah Paalvast leads the Hawks, averaging 13.3 points per game. Monmouth is currently in the midst of a six game losing streak and has not won a game in the month of February.

Both teams are near the bottom of the MAAC and will likely be playing in the first day of the tournament. The Purple Eagles are currently in eighth place, with the Hawks a game back in ninth.

Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.