> Men's basketball
"Good morning from Monteagle Ridge" will be the greeting on ESPN on Nov. 17 when Niagara hosts Drexel in a nationally televised game at the Gallagher Center at 8 a.m.
The almost-dawn start (sunrise is at 7:12 a.m.) is part of ESPN's second annual 24 Hours of College Basketball Tip-off Marathon that begins at midnight with UCLA hosting Cal State-Fullerton and follows with tip-offs about every two hours until Arizona State plays a to-be-named opponent at 11:30 p.m.
"We are so proud that our team can be a part of this national television event," Niagara coach Joe Mihalich said. "ESPN is synonymous with college basketball, and for the Gallagher Center to start everyone's day with a game is priceless."
"It's a thrill for our entire department to be involved with the 24 Hours of Basketball," Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin said. "Any time that you play on national television is special, and this particular event has grown to be another signature ESPN telecast."
Niagara is one of three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams hosting marathon games. Saint Peter's plays Monmouth at 6 a.m. and Siena hosts Northeastern at noon.
> Men's golf
Jim Merriman of Erie Community College made five birdies while shooting 3-over 74 to take medalist honors in the D'Youville Invitational at Springville Country Club on Wednesday. Three other Kats teammates were in the top five: Runner-up Blake Ihrig shot 79 while Mike Krywcum and Alex Godfrey tied for third, along with E.J. Kuebler of Medaille, at 81.
> Women's soccer
A six-save performance by goalkeeper Ashleigh Bowers in a 2-0 win at Cleveland State extended Niagara's shutout streak to 234 minutes and 15 seconds. Courtney Davies and Adrianna Gallo scored for NU (3-3-1). "We struggled to find our touch [Wednesday], but we did enough on both sides of the ball to be successful," coach Peter Veltri said.