Brown (6-4) at Niagara (3-9)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gallagher Center (2,100) -- Niagara, New York.
Television: Time Warner Sports. Home Record: Brown 2-1, Niagara 2-2. Away
Record: Brown 4-3, Niagara 0-5. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Niagara 1-2.
Conference Record: Brown 0-0, Niagara 1-1. Series Record: Brown leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: In their final non-conference test of the season, the Niagara
Purple Eagles will go head-to-head with the Brown Bears at the Gallagher
The Bears will be attempting to stop a two-game slide, after suffering back-
to-back losses to Albany (74-68) and Northwestern (58-52). The setbacks were
part of a 2-3 mark over the last five games for Brown, which is 6-4 overall
and set to face Rhode Island on Thursday.
The non-league slate for the Purple Eagles was one that did not earn them many
victories. They have claimed just two wins in 10 tries against teams from
outside the MAAC, including a 74-72 letdown against St. Bonaventure last time
out. Niagara, which has split its first two league games, will get back to
work on Thursday as well, against Rider.
These teams met up in early January last season, with Brown pulling out a
75-74 triumph at home. It was the second win in three meetings for the Bears.
Brown hung with Northwestern on the road, but eventually fell short. The Bears
were only able top connect on 31.7 percent of their shots from the floor,
while doing themselves no favors at the free-throw line (9-of-19). Sean
McGonagill was the leading scorer with 16 points.
Seeing McGonagill's name at the top of the scoring list has become an expected
occurrence for Brown. The senior guard leads the team in points (18.6 per
game), doing so primarily as a gunner from beyond the arc. McGonagill has
nailed 41.2 percent of his shots from 3-point range, including six games in
which he has finished with at least four triples. Rafael Maia (10.4 ppg, 7.9
rpg) is the only other member of the team scoring in double figures. Cedric
Kuakumensah (7.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3 bpg) provides length and a defensive presence
on the interior.
Niagara was sunk by the Bonnies when Charlon Kloof connected on a layup as the
buzzer sounded. The Purple Eagles did not score in the final 1:58 of
regulation, with Antoine Mason missing a 3-point attempt and two shots from
the free-throw line down the stretch.
Mason still finished with 24 points as the leading scorer for either team in
the losing effort. The 6-foot-3 guard leads the nation in scoring (28.2 ppg),
while adding four rebounds per game as well. Mason has had seven games of more
than 30 points, and is the focal points for an offense that nets 78.3 ppg. Any
benefit of that production has been nullified by a largely ineffective
defensive approach, with the Purple Eagles being lit up for 84.3 ppg on 48.2
percent shooting by their opponents. Marvin Jordan (10.6 ppg) does his best as
the second option behind Mason, but there really is very little balance for
Brown has shown some resiliency on the road with a 4-3 mark. Although Mason
will keep the Purple Eagles competitive, the more balanced Bears should
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 79, Niagara 76
12/29 10:34:20 ET
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