The Niagara men's basketball team halted its five-game losing streak with a win over St. Bonaventure. Now, the Purple Eagles (3-7, 0-2 MAAC) will try to prove that upset win wasn't a fluke.
NU plays Central Connecticut at 3:30 p.m. today in New Britain, Conn., concluding an eight-game road trip.
The month away from home certainly has had its lumps. The Purple Eagles have dealt with a wealth of injuries and youth. But in beating the Bonnies, 69-61, Niagara's defense had its best performance of the season. NU forced 21 turnovers that led to 24 points and also harassed Bona into a 33.3 percent night from the field. Offensively, Anthony Nelson led all scorers with 24 points, going 8 for 8 at the free throw line.
Central Connecticut is riding a four-game losing streak. The Northeast Conference team is led by junior forward Ken Horton, who is averaging 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. Niagara is paced by Nelson, who has looked sharp since missing the first three games of the season to injury. The senior is averaging 15.9 points and five assists per contest.
In other Big 4 action, the Canisius men's and women's teams both hit the road. The men play at Northwestern State (5 p.m.), while the women are in Cornell (2 p.m.).
After topping South Dakota in a wild cross-country trip, the Canisius men (4-5) fell back to earth at home in a 78-56 loss to St. Francis (N.Y.). Elton Frazier leads the team in points (11.7) and rebounds (7.6).
The women (2-6), meanwhile, will look to escape the offensive funk it fell into in a 76-40 loss to Eastern Michigan. In defeat, the Griffs made only 11 field goals and turned the ball over 37 turnovers.