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Purple Eagles Soar To 95-76 Victory Over Bobcats

(Larkin, Niagara)

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – The Niagara Purple Eagles shot a season-high 56.3 percent from the field en route to a 95-76 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Thursday night.
Game Summary
For the second time this season, the Purple Eagles used a big second half push to pull away from the Bobcats. In the first meeting on January 18, Niagara went on a 25-5 run in a nine-minute span to overcome a 10-point second half deficit. Tonight, Niagara used an 11-3 run in four minutes en route to outscoring Quinnipiac, 44-23, in the final 14 minutes.
The Purple Eagles trailed 53-51 with 14 minutes remaining when they started their run. NU scored six straight points as part of the 11-3 run. Marvin Prochet nailed a jumper to break a 56-56 tie, followed by a Matt Scott layup and a Dominic Robb jumper in the paint to force a Quinnipiac timeout. The Purple Eagles led 69-67 with seven minutes left before flying past the Bobcats on a 16-5 spurt in five minutes. Four different Purple Eagles scored in the run, led by James Towns' eight points. Kahlil Dukes made four straight free throws to cap the scoring in the 19-point win.
NU led at halftime 44-42 behind Keleaf Tate's career-high 15 points, on 5-for-5 shooting from behind the 3-point line, to lead all scorers in a first half with six ties and six lead changes.
Eagle's Eye On…

  • James Towns scored a game-high 26 points for his second career 20-point game. He went 8-for-12 from the field, 3-for-3 from the 3-point line and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in 24 minutes. He also added four assists to share team-high honors.
  • Keleaf Tate finished with a career-high 15 points on a game-high and career-best 5-for-5 from 3-pointers in the first half.
  • Kahlil Dukes scored 12 points, grabbed a season-high six rebounds, dished out four assists and had a team-high three steals.
  • Kevin Larkin ( Sussex Tech) scored 12 points in second straight start.
  • Matt Scott added 11 points and six rebounds.
  • Greg King shared game-high honors with seven rebounds, had a game-high two blocks and scored eight points.
  • Marvin Prochet netted nine points and had four assists.

Inside The Numbers 

  • Kahlil Dukes has made 31 straight free throws to set the program's record in consecutive free throw.
  • Matt Scott has moved into eighth place on the career scoring list with 1,690 points.
  • Niagara made eight 3-pointers in the first half for the second this season and finished with 12 3-pointers to have double-digit 3-pointers for the 10th time.
  • The Purple Eagles, who lead the MAAC in scoring, have scored 90-plus points for the sixth time this season. ?
  • There were 10 ties and eight lead changes.
  • NU held a 43-17 advantage in bench points.
  • The Purple Eagles shot a season-high 56.3 percent from field, and their 36 field goals are tied for a season-high, while their 3-point field goal percent (52.2) and free throw percent (91.7) are second highest.  

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