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Quinnipiac-Niagara game analysis

Game analysis: Quinnipiac's James Johnson scored 23 points and hit 7 of 11 three-pointers while Niagara's shooting and turnover woes continued in its 88-63 loss on Wednesday at the Gallagher Center.

Why Niagara lost : They shot just 4 of 25 from beyond the three-point arc and guards Anthony Nelson, Malcolm Lemmons and Marvin Jordan were a combined 10 of 34 overall and 3 of 19 from long range. The also commited 16 turnovers and were outrebounded 51-45.

Turning point: Quinnipiac raced out to a 14-4 to start the game and that lead expanded to 24-9 with 8:45 left.

Player of the game: Johnson also added three steals and four rebounds in a solid all-around game.

Stat of the game: Niagara recorded 17 offensive rebounds.

He said it: “They’re a little beat down right now, and our job is to get them feeling better about themselves and stay the course. I told them, ‘We ain’t going no where, we have to get better.’ We have to dribble better shoot better, pass better.’’ - Niagara coach Joe Mihalich.

What it means: The Purple Eagles have now lost seven of their last eight games.

In the house: 1,563 at the Gallagher Center.

Up next: at Drexel on Dec. 28. 

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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