Hartford (2-4) vs. Niagara (4-1)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 29th, 2:15 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,700) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: CN8. Home Record: Hartford 1-1, Niagara 2-0. Away Record: Hartford 0-3, Niagara 1-1. Neutral Record: Hartford 1-0, Niagara 1-0. Conference Record: Hartford 0-0, Niagara 0-0. Series Record: Hartford leads, 5-4.
GAME NOTES: The Hartford Hawks and Niagara Purple Eagles will try to make it two wins in as many days, as they clash in their Philly Classic finale at The Palestra. The Hawks were in action on Friday, when they defeated NJIT 50-38 at The Palestra. It was the first win in this event for Hartford, which lost to both Penn State (89-64) and Rhode Island (94-72) in the first two rounds. Now at 2-4 overall, the Hawks are set to conclude their stay in this event before heading back to home for two straight contests. As for Niagara, it too was in action just yesterday, scoring a convincing 71-48 victory over Monmouth. It was the third win in a row for the Purple Eagles, who are now 2-1 in this event. Niagara opened the Classic with a 79-62 win over Towson before losing out to nationally-ranked Villanova (77-62) just a few nights later. Today's game marks the 10th all-time meeting between Hartford and Niagara, with the Hawks holding a 5-4 edge in the series.
The Hawks held NJIT to a pathetic 25.5 percent shooting performance from the floor, as they posted a 12-point victory on Friday. Hartford did most of its damage from beyond the arc, where it went 9-of-21 in the win. Joe Zeglinski headed the charge with 17 points and six boards, while Jaret von Rosenberg put forth 12 points and six assists. On the year, Zeglinski paces the team in scoring at 14.7 ppg and he is also ripping down 5.8 rpg to lead the club in that department as well. Von Rosenberg chips in with 12.2 ppg and he has been responsible for setting up Zeglinski and company, handing out 4.0 apg.
The Eagles shot 50.0 percent from the field, including an 8-of-20 performance from three-point land, as they cruised past Monmouth on Friday. The squad also clamped down on defense, holding Monmouth a dismal 28.1 percent shooting effort from the floor. Rob Garrison led the Eagles with 18 points, while Demetrius Williamson and Kashief Edwards turned in 14 and 11 points, respectively. Tyrone Lewis was limited to just seven points, but he still leads the team on the season with 17.6 ppg. Garrison adds a solid 15.0 ppg to the rotation and Bilal Benn averages 11.2 ppg and a team-best 8.8 rpg.
Niagara is off to a good start this season and it should be able to continue its winning ways behind another solid all-around team effort today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Niagara 73, Hartford 57
11/29 10:30:57 ET
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