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Quick Hits: Niagara 73, Saint Peter's 70

Niagara University men's basketball won a nailbiter, needing Saint Peter's guard Davauhnte Turner to miss a 3-point shot in the final seconds to beat the Peacocks, 73-70.

Niagara has won four straight and moves to 4-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

Saint Peter's had a chance to tie or take a lead with the shot clock off and 29.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but Nnamdi Enechionyia missed a jumper. Niagara's Marvin Prochet grabbed the rebound and Saint Peter's coach John Dunne was hit with a technical after complaining about the lack of a foul call.

The Purple Eagles had two chances to put Saint Peter's away for good at the free-throw line. Kahlil Dukes could have made it a two-possession game with nine seconds remaining, but he missed the second of two shots following the technical. Matt Scott was fouled after getting the ball on the ensuing in-bound play but missed the first of a one-and-one.

Luckily for the Purps, Turner's shot hit the rim and bounced out right into Scott's arms with one second remaining.

Scott led the team with 23 points, while Dukes trailed close behind with 21.

Quick start: Niagara got out to an early lead on the top scoring defense in the MAAC, as a Matt Scott 3-point make put the Purple Eagles up 10-2 three minutes into the game. Saint Peter's didn't back down, cutting the lead to three with four minutes and 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

Niagara ended the first frame on a 9-5 run, thanks to four points by Dukes and a steal and layup at the buzzer by Keleaf Tate, to take a 33-26 lead into the break.

The big guns: Dukes and Scott both surpassed 20 points in the same game for the ninth time this season.

New and improved: It took Niagara ten MAAC games to earn four conference victories last season, when the Purple Eagles went 6-14 overall in conference play. It took four games and two weeks fewer for Niagara to accomplish the feat this year.

Late push: Saint Peter's went on an 11-6 run late in the game, capped off by a Nick Griffin 3-pointer with two minutes and nine seconds remaining to tie the game at 70.

Frustration boils over: Dunne was not pleased after Niagara grabbed three offensive boards on one possession late in the first half, with the Purple Eagles finishing off the play with a Kevin Larkin layup. The Saint Peter's coach called a timeout, threw his clipboard to the ground and laid into Peacocks big man Samuel Idowu. He could be heard clearly in the intimate Gallagher Center.

Thanks for visiting: Saint Peter's went 0-2 on its Western New York road trip, as the Peacocks lost at Canisius, 70-58, on Friday night. Saint Peter's will see the two area MAAC schools back-to-back again this season, on Feb. 2 and 4 in Jersey City.

Familiar foes: Niagara head coach Chris Casey was an assistant with Saint Peter's for eight years, from 1990 to 1998. The Peacocks won two MAAC titles while Casey was with the team, earning tournament bids in 1991 and 1995. With the win, Casey is 5-4 all-time against the Peacocks.

Up Next: The Purple Eagles head to Connecticut next week for a pair of games. They'll start the journey at Quinnipiac on Thursday and finish at Fairfield on Saturday.

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