Scores

Final

Niagara 78

(7-25, 3-17 MAAC)

Marist 76

(12-19, 9-11 MAAC)

    10:00 PM ET, March 6, 2014

    MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

    1 2 T
    NIAG 43 3578
    MRST 24 5276

    Top Performers

    Niagara: A. Mason 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast

    Marist: C. Lewis 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Niagara holds off Marist in MAAC opener, 78-76

    Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Antoine Mason poured in 38 points, helping No. 11 seed hold on to upset sixth-seeded Marist 78-76 in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday night.

    The Purple Eagles (7-25) jumped out to an early 16-3 lead, and pushed that to 43-24 at halftime. A Marcus Ware layup gave them a 24-point lead with 13:28 remaining.

    Marist (12-19) stormed back with a 30-10 run capped by a Chavaughn Lewis three-point play to pull within two with 1:21 left. Mason and Lewis exchanged layups, and Khallid Hart answered two Marvin Jordan free throws with a layup with 16 seconds left.

    After two missed free throws by Mason, Hart couldn't connect on a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

    Niagara shot 60 percent from the field, with Ware chipping in 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Purple Eagles will play third-seeded Quinnipiac on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NIAG
    MRST
    Points 78 76
    FG Made-Attempted 27-45 (.600) 22-57 (.386)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-5 (.200) 7-23 (.304)
    FT Made-Attempted 23-37 (.622) 25-34 (.735)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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    Jan 24, 2014 @NIAG 80, MRST 74Recap
    Feb 1, 2014 @MRST 78, NIAG 64Recap
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