Niagara 69, Siena 55
How Niagara Won: Senior point guard Anthony Nelson went off for 30 points, 26 of them in the second half, and shockingly won the boards againt the bigger Saints, 43-36. Niagara active zone caused Saints all kinds of problems and led to 11 steals and 19 Siena turnovers.
Turning Point: Nelson made five three inside the first seven minutes of the second half as Niagara went from up two at intermission to an 11-point bulge.
Player of the Game: Haven't you figured it out by now? Nelson's 30 were one shy of his season high set against Detroit on Nov. 26. He also had 10 boards, eight steals and three assists.
Best Supporting Role: Niagara sophomore forward Erik Williams contributed seven points and six boards in 22 minutes and received a nice ovation upon his departure. They need him to play that hard all the time.
Stat of the Game: The teams finished with the same number of offensive rebounds (16), assists (11), turnovers (19), blocks (4) and steals (11). You'll see that about once a cenury.
They Said It: "I know he can take over the game. That's what we look for from Anthony. That's what he's supposed to do." -- Kashief Edwards on Anthony Nelson.
What It Means: Niagara improved to 1-4 in the MAAC while Saints slipped to 2-3.
In The House: Crowd was 1,251 with students on break.
Next Up: Niagara plays at St. Peter's Saturday and visits Manhattan Monday.
-- Bob DiCesare