Niagara Gazette

January 16, 2014

NU men's hoops travels to Fairfield

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Niagara Gazette — The Niagara University Purple Eagles men’s basketball team hopes to end a four-game losing streak tonight as it begins a three-game road swing with a matchup against Fairfield.

The game in Fairfield, CT will tip off at 8:30 p.m. It will be featured on ESPN3 and will be broadcast on local radio on ESPN 1520 AM.

Niagara has yet to win on the road and has gone into a slump after winning three of its last four games to close out 2013. The Purple Eagles won both games against the Stags last season, the first time Niagara swept a series against their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rivals since 2008-09.

Among the factors Niagara hopes to use is their ability to steal balls and force turnovers. Niagara leads the MAAC with 138 steals and is second in the conference in its turnover margin, which is +2.24.

In Niagara’s last game, a 90-78 loss to Rider at the Gallagher Center, Tahjere McCall was the team’s most productive player, scoring a career-high 23 points, including eight free throws.

Antoine Mason, who remains the nation’s leading scorer at an average 28.3 points per game, was recently named College Hoops Daily’s MAAC Player of the 2013 Non-Conference Year. He currently accounts for 36 percent of Niagara’s scoring, a percentage which leads the nation.

He is just 28 points away from moving into 11th on Niagara’s all-time scoring list. Al Butler, from the Class of 1971, currently holds that spot.