Niagara Gazette


February 1, 2014

Niagara basketball teams take the floor today

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara University men’s and women’s teams are back in action today, each looking to build off recent performances.

The NU men beat Marist on Jan. 24 at the Gallagher Center and will get a chance to complete the season sweep of the Red Foxes at 7 p.m. in Poughkeepsie in a game that will be aired on ESPN3.

As has typically been the case this season, the Purple Eagles (6-16, 3-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) were led by Antoine Mason’s 22 points in the first game. Mason moved into eighth on NU’s all-time scoring list and, after Thursday’s loss at Siena, is now just two points from moving into seventh.

NU also benefited from a strong outing by senior Marvin Jordan, who has struggled at times from the field this season. The marksman caught fire against the Red Foxes (7-14, 4-7 MAAC), going 7 for 10 from the field and 4 for 6 on 3-pointers.

The Purple Eagles have won nine of the 12 all-time meetings between the teams.

• The Niagara women get the chance to improve to .500 in league play when they host the Quinnipiac Bobcats at 2 p.m. at the Gallagher Center.

The game marks the first time the schools face off at the Gallagher Center, with Quinnipiac (12-9, 7-4 MAAC) joining the conference last summer. Niagara (7-13, 5-6 MAAC) lost the teams’ first meeting, 84-61, on Dec. 29, 2013.

The Purple Eagles are coming off a 69-60 win Wednesday over local rival Canisius. Junior Meghan McGuinness led the way with 22 points, while Chanel Johnson chipped in 14. The duo has led NU in scoring all season, with McGuinness averaging 13.2 points per game and Johnson following at 12.4.

Fans can follow along all of Saturday’s action at Purple A live video broadcast of the women’s game will be available on Purple Eagles All-Access.




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