Niagara Gazette

December 20, 2013

NU men readying for Bonnies

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara University men’s basketball team hopes to earn their third win in a row tomorrow, when they welcome St. Bonaventure to the Gallagher Center for a 5 p.m. matchup of Little 3 rivals.

The Purple Eagles enter Saturday with a record of 3-8, but are rested and coming off an 83-72 win over Davidson at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on December 11. Previously, the Purple Eagles used 16 steals to help rally from behind and defeat St. Peter’s on Dec. 8.

While the Bonnies (7-4) lead the overall series against Niagara 84-68, Niagara has won eight of the last 10 games against their Southern Tier rivals. The last two losses, however, were in the last two meetings between these teams. 

The Purple Eagles enter the game with some impressive offensive numbers, though, that have them nationally ranked. Most notably, they capitalize when fouled. They are third in the nation, for example, in successful free throws and fifth in the nation in the percentage of points coming from free throws. 

Antoine Mason, who leads the nation in points per game with 28.6, is also third in the nation in drawing fouls.

The game will be broadcast live on television by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and on radio on ESPN1520 AM.

The game will also be available online through Purple Eagles All-Access via the Niagara athletics website