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Big 4 Hoops: Dukes, Scott lead Niagara to win at New Hampshire

Niagara's backcourt duo of Kahlil Dukes and Matt Scott combined for 58 points Tuesday night in the Purple Eagles' 78-70 victory over New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

Dukes, who finished with 31 points, and Scott, who had 27, scored the last 19 points in the game for Niagara (4-5).

Each made 10 of 17 field goal tries. Dukes was 8 of 11 on three-point tries while Scott was 2 for 6. Overall, Niagara shot 45.8 from beyond the arc, 11 for 24.

Scott and junior forward Greg King had eight rebounds each to lead Niagara in that department.

UNH outscored Niagara, 6-2, over the last 5:22 of the first half to lead 34-31 at the break.

The first of two free throws by Scott with 3:24 left put Niagara in front for good, 69-68. Scott followed that with a jumper and a three-point play before Dukes and Scott sealed it by each making a pair of foul shots.

New Hampshire made only one of its last 10 field goal tries.

Tanner Leissner led the Wildcats (2-7) with 24 points. Elijah Jordan had 19.

The last Niagara player, other than Dukes or Scott, to score was freshman guard Keleaf Tate with a basket that gave the Purple Eagles a 59-54 lead. UNH quickly tied it on a three by John Ogwuche and a basket by Leissner but Dukes came back with his seventh and eighth threes of the game.

The 31 points was a high for Dukes as a Niagara player. His previous best was 29 at Quinnipiac on Feb. 4 last season. Scott’s best was 36 at BYU last month.

Niagara will be off until a Sunday afternoon game against Saint Francis (Pa.) at the Gallagher Center.

Tonight's game

The University at Buffalo men's team (4-3) will play at Delaware for the first time ever, meeting the Blue Hens (4-4) in the Bob Carpenter Center. The Carp is named for the late former owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, who was a Delaware benefactor.

Junior guard CJ Massinburg of the Bulls was named Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week. He averaged 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in games last week against Niagara and St. Bonaventure.

Before he left to be head coach at Notre Dame, Mike Brey had success at Delaware. On of Brey's former players, Martin Inglesby, is in his second season as coach of the Blue Hens.

Delaware has five players averaging in double figures led by Ryan Daly (16.4), who is the team's leading three-point shooter. Delaware was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll of Colonial Athletic Association coaches.

 

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