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January 25, 2014

Niagara men's basketball beats Marist

Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — Any team that boasts the nation's leading scorer will get labeled as a one-man show, but the Niagara Purple Eagles showed there's a bit more to them Friday night.

Hosting the Marist Red Foxes in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball game at the Gallagher Center, seven Purple Eagles scored at least seven points in an 80-74 win that snapped Niagara's two-game losing streak.

Junior Antoine Mason, who entered Friday leading the country with 27.7 points per game, led the way with 22 points and moved into eighth on Niagara's all-time scoring list, passing Alex Ellis (54-58) with 1,663 points.

The total tied his fourth-lowest output of the season. He finished only 6 for 18 from the field, but went 7 for 12 at the free throw line and 3 for 6 on 3-pointers — all coming after an 11-3 run that gave the Red Foxes a 51-50 lead with 9:47 remaining.

"When you're used to scoring at that rate, eventually you're going to hit a couple," said Marist coach Jeff Bower. "(That was) just a good player making a good play at the right time."

Guard Marvin Jordan came out of a mid-season slump with 19 points in Wednesday's loss to Canisius and carried that into Friday's game. The senior led NU 13 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers, and finished with 18 as he moved into 32nd place on Niagara's all-time list with 1,184 career points.

Niagara (6-15, 3-7) also got much-needed contributions from its forward group. Senior Marcus Ware followed up a 10-rebound performance against Canisius with 12 points Friday, 10 coming from from the charity stripe.

Rayvon Harris, Joe Thomas and Ramone Snowden each chipped seven points. Harris and Thomas who combined for 12 points in the first half. Harris drained a 3 and made a pair of nice layups on end-to-end drives, while Thomas followed a two-handed dunk in transition with an emphatic block on the next Marist possession. Snowden scored six straight points in a stretch in the second half.

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