Niagara (2-3) at Iona (2-2)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hynes Center (2,611) -- New Rochelle, New York.
Television: None. Home Record: Niagara 2-1, Iona 1-0. Away Record: Niagara
0-1, Iona 0-0. Neutral Record: Niagara 0-1, Iona 1-2. Conference Record:
Niagara 0-0, Iona 0-0. Series Record: Iona leads, 37-33.
GAME NOTES: The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will kick off league play
on Wednesday when the Niagara Purple Eagles travel to New Rochelle to face off
against the Iona Gaels, in Toys for Tots action.
The Purple Eagles are coming off a tough loss to St. Bonaventure 80-75. With
the setback, Niagara falls one game under .500 on the season at 2-3. The team
will remain on the road four three more games after this one and won't return
home until Dec. 12 against Hartford.
The last time the Iona squad was out on the court was at the Paradise Jam on
November 19th, where it lost to Illinois in a spirited game, 86-81. The Gaels
dropped two of three games in the Bahamas, with a win over Wake Forest sitting
between losses to Quinnipiac and the Illini.
The Gaels lead the series between these teams 37-33, thanks to wins in each of
the last four meetings.
In its loss to St. Bonaventure, Niagara fought until the end. The score was
tied at 75-75 with under a minute left but five made free throws by the
Bonnies did the Purple Eagles in. Still, the team received a balanced scoring
effort, with four players notching double digits, led by Ameen Tanksley's 19
The Eagles have been amongst the best in terms of scoring, currently ranked
26th in the country with 80.2 ppg. The long ball has been a key weapon, at 9.8
3-pointers per game, good for eighth nationally. The team has been led in
scoring by Antoine Mason and his 17.4 ppg. Mason is followed closely by
Juan'ya Green at 16.6 ppg. Although the Purple Eagles have had plenty of
success at the offensive end, it has not carried over to the defense, with the
team allowing 84.4 ppg.
In the high-scoring loss against Illinois, Iona was led by three players in
double-figure scoring. Lamont Jones led the way with 22 points. Sean Armand
poured in 20 points, while Tre Bowman added 16. After leading 38-33 at
halftime, the Gaels allowed Illinois to shoot 55.2 percent from the floor and
knock down 7-of-10 3-pointers over the final 20 minutes to earn the come-from-
The Gaels have also flourished offensively, as three players are averaging
double figures, including two players netting 20+ points a game. Jones leads
the way with 25.8 ppg with Armand adding 21.3 ppg, Bowman rounds out the
potent trio with 14.3 ppg. The squad has averaged 83.0 ppg (15th in the
nation) on 46.9 percent shooting from the floor. With the offense clicking,
the defensive play is what leaves this team with a .500 record, as it has
allowed opponents to shoot 47.2 percent from the floor, while scoring 77.5
ppg. In addition, Iona has committed 84 personal fouls this season, putting
their opponents on the free-throw line way too often.
Both teams have showed impressive offensive play early on this season but have
both failed to play as productively on the defensive end. The hometown team
gets the nod in this one, a game that could feature a whole lot of scoring.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iona 89, Niagara 75
11/28 10:33:47 ET
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