Niagara (2-2) vs. St. Bonaventure (2-1)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Blue Cross Arena (11,200) -- Rochester, New York..
Television: None. Home Record: Niagara 2-1, St. Bonaventure 1-0. Away Record:
Niagara 0-1, St. Bonaventure 1-1. Neutral Record: Niagara 0-0, St. Bonaventure
0-0. Conference Record: Niagara 0-0, St. Bonaventure 0-0. Series Record: St.
Bonaventure Leads, 82-68.
GAME NOTES: Long-time rivals from the Empire State get together on Saturday
afternoon, as the Niagara Purple Eagles and St. Bonaventure head to Rochester
for a non-conference meeting at Blue Cross Arena.
The Purple Eagles are shooting for back-to-back wins for the first time this
season when they hit the floor today, having recently defeated New Mexico
State, 86-83, as part of the 2K Sports Classic last weekend at home. The other
win for the program came against St. Francis (PA) on Nov. 13 by an 86-69
Meanwhile, the Bonnies began the 2012-13 campaign with a pair of victories
over Bethune-Cookman (65-55) and Cornell (72-68), before suffering a 72-69
loss against Canisius on the road last weekend.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Bonnies have it listed as
82-68 in their favor, although Niagara has taken home eight of the last nine
decisions. However, the eight-game win streak for Purple Eagles came to an end
last year when St. Bonaventure captured a narrow 72-70 verdict.
The Bonnies had four players score in double figures as the team shot 50
percent from the floor and 9-of-22 behind the three-point line, but still that
wasn't enough to overcome 19 turnovers and an 18-8 scoring deficit at the
free-throw line. Chris Johnson led the way for St. Bonaventure with 19 points,
followed by Eric Mosley and Demitrius Conger with 14 points apiece, while
Matthew Wright tacked on 13 points even though he missed all four of his shots
from beyond the arc. Johnson has spearheaded the offense to this point with
his 15.7 ppg, shooting an impressive 63.0 percent from the floor, and yet the
team overall is converting 45.4 percent. Conger (13.3 ppg) has been a bit
sloppy with the ball, resulting in 11 turnovers, but he has made up for that
by pacing the group with six rebounds per outing.
Juan'ya Green scored 28 points, leading four players in double figures, as the
Purple Eagles figured out a way to slip by New Mexico State by three points in
the most recent outing at the Gallagher Center last weekend. Green made good
on 10-of-17 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 beyond the arc, while
Antoine Mason contributed another 19 points and pulled down seven boards and
making three steals. Marvin Jordan and Scooter Gillette also got in on the act
with 15 and 10 points, respectively, the latter adding six rebounds in 19
minutes off the bench. Even though he had a huge effort against the Aggies,
Green is scoring 18.0 ppg after four contests. Perhaps just as impressive as
his scoring potential is the fact that Green also has 25 assists and only
eight turnovers. Mason (17.0 ppg) and Jordan (10.0 ppg) are both shooting
under 31.0 percent behind the three-point line, yet remain key offensive
Niagara's defense needs to tighten up in a big way, particularly behind the
three-point line where they are allowing opponents to shoot 45.6 ppg. As long
as Green is on his game though, and the offense produces for the Purple
Eagles, they should come away with the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Niagara 78, St. Bonaventure 72
11/24 10:38:30 ET
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