Niagara hockey, hoops back tonight

Niagara senior and team captain Noah Delmas is one of 20 Division I hockey players from across the country to be nominated for the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award.

Delmas was nominated for his achievements in four areas: community, classwork, character and competition. He is one of five players to be nominated from Atlantic Hockey.

Head coach Jason Lammers was not surprised to see Delmas get the nomination.

“Noah embodies our mission as a person, student and player,” he said. “His own personal growth has been impressive and now he has the honor to lead others by putting 'we' ahead of 'me.'"

In February, the 20 nominees will be narrowed down to 10. Ballots with the 10 names will be distributed to the media, fans and coaches, who will decide the winner of the award. The winner will be announced during the 2020 Men’s Frozen Final Four in April.

The Purple Eagles (4-14-4, 4-8-4-2 AHC) play a two-game set against the Army West Point Black Knights (14-8-2, 11-5-2-2) this weekend at Dwyer Arena. Tonight’s game starts at 7 while Saturday is a 4 p.m. start.

Niagara is coming off a pair of losses to Air Force last weekend. Brian Wilson continues to play well in goal for the Purple Eagles, ranking second in the conference in save percentage (.922) and seventh with a 2.55 goals-against average. Wilson is also Niagara’s Hobey Baker Award nominee. Ryan Naumovski continues to lead the Purple Eagles in points with one goal and 11 assists.

Army West Point currently sits in second in the AHC with Michael Wilson leading the team with 18 points (9 G, 9 A) in 23 games. In 23 appearances, goaltender Trevin Kozlowski has a 2.16 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. He is also tied for the conference lead in wins with 14.

The games are available on the radio at 1340 AM or 105.3 FM WLVL, or by checking out purpleeagles.com.

— Michael Canfield

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Purple Eagles hit the road

Greg Paulus' cardiac kids will look to continue their run of entertaining wins tonight at Monmouth.

Also on the line is first place. The Purple Eagles (6-11, 4-2) and Hawks (10-7, 4-2) are tied with Quinnipiac (9-7, 4-2) atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings.

Niagara has won three straight games by a combined four points — the first time in program history with that many wins by that small a margin — beating Rider last Friday on a Marcus Hammond buzzer-beater and Siena on Sunday while only leading for 44 seconds.

Hammond, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in six straight games, all against MAAC opponents. His 17.8 points per conference game is tied for first in the MAAC.

The Purple Eagles have gotten a boost by lights-out shooting, hitting a scorching 44.6% from 3-point range in MAAC contests. They'll need to keep it up against the Hawks, who are 6-0 at home this season and are second to Niagara in 3-point shooting (38.4%) in conference play.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Niagara wins again

The NU women picked up their third straight win Thursday night, 97-89 over visiting Saint Peter's.

Emerald Ekpiteta scored a career-high 26 points and Jai Moore added 20 for the Purple Eagles (6-10, 4-3 MAAC), who scored 57 points between the second and third quarters.

Niagara ran the Peacocks (4-12, 1-6) into the ground, tallying 14 steals and scoring 27 fast break points. It pushed for the century mark despite hitting only two 3-pointers, thanks in large part to a 25-of-34 day from the charity stripe.

NU will look to keep it going when Rider (13-2, 6-0) visits the Gallagher Center at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Broncs edged the Purple Eagles' in their Jan. 2 MAAC opener, 79-75.

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