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vs. Quinni 
L 88-90
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@ Monm 
L 50-75
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@ StPete 
L 67-71
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@ Marist 
W 78-76
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@ Quinni 
L 80-89
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Niagara holds off Marist in MAAC opener, 78-76

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Antoine Mason poured in 38 points, helping No. 11 seed hold on to upset sixth-seeded Marist 78-76 in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday night.

The Purple Eagles (7-25) jumped out to an early 16-3 lead, and pushed that to 43-24 at halftime. A Marcus Ware layup gave them a 24-point lead with 13:28 remaining.

Marist (12-19) stormed back with a 30-10 run capped by a Chavaughn Lewis three-point play to pull within two with 1:21 left. Mason and Lewis exchanged layups, and Khallid Hart answered two Marvin Jordan free throws with a layup with 16 seconds left.

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Leaders
Points: A. Mason25.6
Rebounds: M. Ware5.7
Assists: M. Jordan2.1
FG%: A. Mason44.0%
FT%: A. Mason72.8%
3P%: M. Jordan32.2%
Steals: T. McCall1.3
Blocks: J. Thomas0.8
Metro Atlantic Athletic Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Iona 17-3 22-11
Manhattan 15-5 25-8
Quinnipiac 14-6 20-12
Canisius 14-6 21-13
Siena 11-9 20-18
Rider 9-11 14-17
Saint Peter's 9-11 14-17
Marist 9-11 12-19
Monmouth 5-15 11-21
Fairfield 4-16 7-25
Niagara 3-17 7-26
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 75.3 (63)
Rebounds: 12.4 (61)
Assists: 10.0 (333)
FG%: 42.9% (247)
FT%: 68.2% (237)
3P%: 30.0% (335)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 82.1 (348)
Rebounds: 21.9 (311)
Assists: 15.1 (334)
FG%: 48.6% (342)
FT%: 70.1% (186)
3P%: 38.4% (336)
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Florida36-3
2 Wichita State35-1
3 Virginia30-7
4 Arizona33-5
5 Louisville31-6
6 Villanova29-5
7 Michigan28-9
8 Duke26-9
9 Iowa State28-8
10 Kansas25-10
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut32-8
2 Kentucky29-11
3 Florida36-3
4 Wisconsin30-8
5 Arizona33-5
6 Michigan28-9
7 Wichita State35-1
8 Michigan State29-9
9 Louisville31-6
10 Virginia30-7
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