Niagara Gazette


November 13, 2012

Strong interior play propels Purple Eagles to 86-69 win over St. Francis


Thomas finished with eight points and eight rebounds and Cline had 15 points and seven rebounds. That's more than double the production of what Niagara got from its post players a year ago.
"If our perimeter guys aren't hitting anything, we can go inside," Green said. "If they play like that through the year, I think we can be a good team."
How good?
"Very good," Green said. "Good enough to go to the MAAC championship, I hope."
In the second half, Niagara struggled to defend high ball screens and got out-rebounded on both backboards, but played well enough on offense to prevent St. Francis from getting back in the game.
Green had 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Antoine Mason, who had a game-high 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting, made several key baskets when St. Francis threatened to cut the lead under double digits.
Ameen Tanksley added 12 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Tahjere McCall had four points, Scooter Gillette had three and Malcolm Lemmons had two. Marvin Jordan, who led the Purple Eagles with 17 points in the opener, missed all seven of his attempts.
Stephon Whyatt led St. Francis (0-2), netting 19 of his 23 points in the second half. 
The Purple Eagles will stay home to host the 2K Sports Classic this weekend. They meet Bucknell at 7 p.m. Friday and New Mexico state at 4 p.m. Sunday. Bucknell and New Mexico State will play eachother at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Niagara fans will gather on the ground floor of the Gallagher Center 90 minutes prior to each of the Purple Eagles games and at halftime.

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