Niagara Gazette


March 2, 2013

NU men clinch top seed


Niagara Gazette — White set the tone in the second, altering a shot on defense and finishing inside on offense for the half's first points. After shooting just 4 of 12 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half, the Purps found their found their range in second, going 5 of 9 (55.6 percent) from deep after the break.

Green and Marvin Jordan assisted one another on a pair of 3s on back-to-back possessions to kick start a 16-4 run that lasted 5:11, including a four-point play from Antoine Mason.

After St. Peter's Yvon Raymond hit from deep, Cline drained a 3 and completed a three-point play to send the crowd into a frenzy.

"Their crowd was excellent, not just feeding off their 3s but our missed free throws," said St. Peter's coach John Dunne about NU's run. "Their good players, especially up here, they can do that to you."

Mason capped a 7-0 NU run with a fast-break layup on a feed from Green with 6:30 remaining that put the game in hand with a 71-44 lead.

Mason and Cline led NU with 14 points apiece, while Green and Jordan each added 12. Green finished one assists away from a double-double while having no turnovers.

NU will play the winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the MAAC Tournament on ESPN3. This year's tournament is hosted by the University of Massachusetts.

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on all your local teams.

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