Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Ameen Tanksley scored 13 points for Niagara and freshmen Tahjere McCall and T.J. Cline combined for 23 points.
Juan’ya Green (eight points) was having one of his worst games as a Purple Eagle, whooting 1 for 6 with seven turnovers, for the first 36 minutes, but his pull-up jumper in the lane tied the game at 58 with 2:24 left and he helped seal the win with a defensive rebound and three late free throws.
“I wasn’t having a great day. I was frustrated and I wasn’t focused in hte first half,” Green said. “But my teammates and my coach kept pushing me to make the right plays and they said the last four minutes were going to be my time.”
“I feel like we needed this type of game,” Mason said. “We needed a close game. Our freshmen needed it. Everyone needed it.”
The Niagara women’s basketball hosts the seven-time defending champion Marist Red Foxes today in a rematch of last year’s MAAC tournament semifinal.
The Purple Eagles (8-8, 3-2) will try and roll the momentum from Friday’s come from behind win into Sunday as they look to turn the corner against the Red Foxes (10-6, 5-0). With a win, Niagara would move within a game of Marist for the conference lead.
Last season Niagara took Marist into overtime twice. The two teams squared off in the third-to-last game of the season, in the Gallagher Center, and after the game was tied 64-64 at the final horn, the two teams went into a pair of overtimes before Marist came out on top 79-77. In the conference semi-finals, four games later, the two teams found themselves tied 55-55 before Marist again won the game 68-54.