Niagara pulls away from Manhattan, 72-63

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NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Matt Scott scored a game-high 21 points to help the Niagara Purple Eagles to a 72-63 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers on Wednesday night.

The Purple Eagles sustained several mini-runs throughout the game as they held off the Manhattan Jaspers in a meeting between two teams with identical 5-3 conference records.

A 7-0 run pushed the Purple Eagles to a 10-3 lead four minutes into the game.  After the Jaspers tied the game at 13-13, James Towns found Dominic Robb for a dunk to reclaim the Purple Eagles lead, 15-13. Manhattan, then, responded with a three-pointer on its next possession to regain a one-point lead, 16-15. Niagara answered with a 9-2 run, with Marvin Prochet providing five points, for a 24-18 lead. Manhattan led 29-28 with 5:34 left in the half when NU went on an 8-0 run to build a 36-29 lead as the Purple Eagles went into the half with a 40-33 advantage.

The Jaspers cut Niagara’s lead to 43-40 four minutes into the second half, but a Matt Scott 3-point play halted Manhattan’s momentum. Niagara pushed away another Manhattan challenge minutes later. The Jaspers trimmed the lead to 48-46 with 12:30 remaining when the Purple Eagles reeled off six straight points.

While the Jaspers were able to cut the lead down to four with less than seven minutes to go, the Purple Eagles gradually started to pull ahead, headlined by a Towns one-handed dunk off a missed three-pointer to stretch the lead to 62-54. A Dukes 3-pointer with three minutes remaining halted Manhattan’s final push as NU built a 69-61 lead on its way to leading by as much as nine points in the final minutes.


Eagle’s Eye On…

  • Matt Scott led all scorers with a game-high 21 points for his 14th 20-point game of the season. Scott also had four rebounds and a team-best two steals.
  • James Towns chipped in 13 points for the Purple Eagles., along with three rebounds and three assists.  Towns now has at least 10 points in five of his last six games.
  • Kahlil Dukes scored 12 points to be in double figures for the 21st time this season.
  • Marvin Prochet led the team in assists and rebounds, with nine and seven, respectively.
  • Chris Barton recorded eight points, his most points in his last eight games.
  • Dominic Robb had eight points and grabbed four rebounds while also recording a team-best two blocks.

Inside The Numbers

  • Matt Scott is now in the top-10 on the career scoring list after moving ahead of Joe Arlauckas ‘87 and Andy Walker ’76. Scott is 10th on the all-time list with 1,626 points and is 30 behind Alex Ellis ‘58 for ninth.
  • Matt Scott has recorded five 20-point games against Manhattan, including four straight.
  • Niagara snapped a three-game skid to the Jaspers for its first win in the series since January 9, 2016.
  • Niagara is now 11-0 this season when they shoot better than its opponent from the field.
  • Niagara is 6-1 in the month of January for its best January mark since going 9-1 in 2013.
  • Niagara is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings with Manhattan at the Gallagher Center.

Up Next

  • The Purple Eagles start the “Battle of the Bridge” series on the road at Canisius on Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • The game will air on the Niagara Sports Network via WGR 550 AM. Video coverage will be on ESPN3.

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