Niagara releases full schedule

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – The Niagara University men’s basketball program and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has announced the 2015-16 schedule.

The Purple Eagles will participate in the previously announced Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Niagara begins its portion of the tournament at Old Dominion on Nov. 13, followed by a trip to Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 15, before the tournament moves to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 21 and 22.

The Purple Eagles will be in the Springfield Bracket with Buffalo, North Carolina A&T and Vermont. NU opens against Vermont on Saturday, Nov. 21 and will play in either the Springfield Bracket consolation game or championship game on Sunday, Nov. 22 against Buffalo or North Carolina A&T.

Niagara remains in the state of Connecticut to play against the Hartford Hawks on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The Purple Eagles open their 67th season on the Frank and Barbara Ladyen Court at the Gallagher Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18 against Brown. After their three games in the state of Connecticut from Nov. 21-24, the Purple Eagles start a three-game homestand by hosting Youngstown State on Nov. 28, followed by Quinnipiac on Dec. 4 and Monmouth on Dec. 6 in their conference opening weekend.

NU will play at fellow Vincentian University, St. John’s, on Dec. 9 for the second consecutive season. The Purple Eagles return to the Gallagher Center to host LIU Brooklyn on Dec. 12. Niagara heads on the road for its next two non-conference games. The Purple Eagles will play America East champion Albany on Dec. 23 and Little 3 rival St. Bonaventure on Dec. 30.

Niagara resumes MAAC play to start the New Year when the Purple Eagles travel to Siena on Jan. 2 for their first conference road game. Two days later, the Purple Eagles travel to play Iona on Jan. 4. NU returns home to host Saint Peter’s on Jan. 7 and two-time defending MAAC Tournament Champion Manhattan on Jan. 9.

Next up for Niagara will be road games against Fairfield (Jan 15) and Manhattan (Jan 17). NU will then return home to the ‘Taps Gallagher Center for home contests against archrival Canisius on Jan. 22 and against Siena on Jan. 26. The Purple Eagles will close out January with away games at Marist on Jan. 28 and Quinnipiac on Jan. 30.

Niagara starts its series with Rider at home on Feb. 5 and wraps up the series with the Broncs on Valentine’s Day. In between their contests against Rider, the Purple Eagles will host Iona on Feb. 7 and will visit Saint Peter’s on the Feb. 12. Niagara closes out conference play with two home games against Marist (Feb. 18) and Fairfield (Feb. 20) and two road games versus Canisius (Feb. 25) and Monmouth (Feb. 28).

The 2016 MAAC Championships will be from March 3-7 at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

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Non-Conference Notes

Niagara participated in the Hall of Fame Tournament one previous time…Niagara opened its 1975-76 season at the Hall of Fame Tournament in Springfield, Mass. against Fairfield (W, 83-78) and UMass (L, 92-81)…The Purple Eagles have faced the Old Dominion Monarchs once in program history, losing 90-82 on Nov. 25, 1977…NU leads the all-time series with Saint Joseph’s, 2-1, but the programs haven’t played since the 1971-72 season…Niagara holds a commanding 16-3 series lead over Vermont, including winning 13 straight from 1983-89…Niagara leads the all-time series against UB, 56-31…NU and North Carolina A&T have never played each other…Leads the all-time series with Hartford, 7-6, but had its three-game winning streak in the series snapped in a 65-62 defeat last season at the Gallagher Center…Niagara opened the 2003-04 season with a win over Youngstown State… Niagara and St. John’s will play for the 100th time…NU leads the all-time series with LIU Brooklyn, 8-5, in a series that started in the 1935-36 season and will be the first meeting since a 79-73 NU win on Nov. 30, 1998…Niagara’s 18-point win last season over Albany was the largest in the Chris Casey era and largest since a 23-point win over Siena in Jan. 2013…NU is 8-4 in the last 12 meetings with St. Bonaventure, but has lost four straight…The Purple Eagles defeated Brown, 68-65, in the last game of the 2013 calendar.

MAAC Notes

Niagara has won six of the last eight meetings with Saint Peter’s…Niagara vs. Canisius is the longest current rivalry in the MAAC (179 total meetings)…NU is 14-7 in the last 21 games against Manhattan…NU dropped both games to Monmouth last season and now trails in the all-time series, 4-1…Niagara’s 46 wins against Siena are the third most against conference opponents…Niagara has dropped 10 of the last 12 meetings with Iona…The Purple Eagles are 24-18 all-time versus Marist…Niagara picked up its first win against Quinnipiac in six attempts last season in a thrilling, double-overtime home victory on Feb. 1 (105-100)…Eight of the last 14 games against Rider have been decided by four points or less…NU has won five of the last six games overall against Fairfield…

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