Niagara Gazette

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February 28, 2013

Purple Eagles fall to Rider

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Niagara Gazette — "He was tougher than us and wanted to score more than we wanted to stop him," Mihalich said.

Niagara built its largest lead, 26-19, on a Thomas putback with 5:03 left in the first half, but the Broncs (17-13, 11-6) closed the half on a 9-0 run.

Green scored on a drive to put Niagara in front 44-42 with 11:47 to play. Rider then went on a 15-1 run over the next four minutes that included a technical foul on Mason and White's ejection.

"We started talking to each other and got frustrated with each other," Green said. "It shouldn't have got that way."

Green hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-59 with 1:31 left, but Niagara didn't get off another shot until the game was out of reach.

"It starts with the coaching," Mihalich said. "We didn't do a great job helping these guys out enough with some stuff to do. They surprised us a bit with a couple things they did defensively."

Even the lack of effort at shootaround, Mihalich said, was a coaching error.

"It all starts with me," he said. "I should've done something."

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