Manhattan 78, Niagara 72

NEW YORK (AP) -- Peter Mulligan scored 20 of his 32 points in the
second half and Jason Wingate made six free throws in the final
32.3 seconds to lead Manhattan to a 78-72 victory over Niagara on
Thursday night.

Niagara's Juan Mendez scored 20 points to become the
highest-scoring Canadian in NCAA Division I history. Mendez, who
has 1,843 career points, broke the mark of 1,827 set by Micheal
Meeks at Canisius in the mid-1990s.

Manhattan (7-5, 2-2 Metro Atlantic) led 37-32 at halftime, but
the Purple Eagles (9-5, 4-2) twice closed within a point after the
break, the second time at 49-48 on Charron Fisher's layup with
13:37 left.

Mulligan responded with eight consecutive points. The senior
forward hit a jumper, broke away for a layup that he converted into
a three-point play, and added a 3-pointer from the top of the arc
with 11:09 to play.

Niagara crept to 71-67, with Alvin Cruz hitting a 3-pointer, and
Lorenzo Miles making a free throw with 38.5 seconds left.

Freshman C.J. Anderson had 15 points and 13 rebounds for
Manhattan, and Wingate had 11. Mendez also had 11 rebounds for the
Purple Eagles, and Cruz and David Brooks each added 15 points.