Niagara, Paulus get first win

Greg Paulus has his first win as head coach of Niagara University men's basketball.

Paulus' Purple Eagles edged out Norfolk State in a road contest Sunday, 65-61.

Junior Greg Kuakumensah and senior James Towns provided most of the offense off the bench, scoring 15 and 13 points, respectively. Niagara (1-5) held Norfolk State (3-6) to just 36.2% from the floor and scored 25 points off 15 turnovers.

Freshman Noah Waterman had a big second half, scoring all 10 of his points. He also posted team-highs in rebounds (7) and blocks (2).

NU had 15 assists and just nine turnovers. Sophomore Marcus Hammond had seven assists to go with nine points.

Niagara's struggles on the boards continued. The Spartans held a 41-33 advantage on the glass, including 13 offensive rebounds. Senior guard Jermaine Bishop led them with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Neither team led by more than seven. Norfolk State was up 49-43 with 10:15 to go, and Niagara responded with a 12-0 run to take the lead for good.

The Purple Eagles have a week off, returning to action Sunday against Colgate at the Gallagher Center.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Colgate 85, Niagara 72

Maggie McIntyre scored a career-best 26 points, hitting six 3-pointers off the bench in a losing effort.

Niagara coach Jada Pierce replaced nearly all of her usual starters, outside of freshman Adia Brisker. Jordan Edwards, Olivia Mason, Angel Parker (O'Hara) and Morgan Baughmann got the nod, with McIntyre, Jai Moore, Dagny Davidsdottir and Emerald Ekpiteta coming off the bench.

Moore added 14 points for the Purple Eagles (1-6), who play again Saturday at Howard.

MEN'S HOCKEY

Air Force 2, Niagara 1 (2OT)

Niagara (4-8-1, 4-4-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) earned a point at home Saturday, despite falling in a 3-on-3 overtime.

Brandon Stanley scored the lone goal for the Purple Eagles, who were outshot 36-19. 

Zack Mirageas scored the winner for the Falcons (4-8-2, 4-4-2) in the 3-on-3 session. Brian Wilson turned aside 34 shots for Niagara in the loss.

The Purple Eagles have a bye weekend before wrapping up the first half with a two-game series at AIC on Dec. 13-14.

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