Siena 31 31 62
Niagara 32 42 74
Date of game: 3/9/2013

Recap: Niagara vs. Siena

Springfield, MA (Sports Network) - Antoine Mason made all 10 of his attempts at the free-throw line en route to 21 points as the top-seeded Niagara Purple Eagles defeated the ninth-seeded Siena Saints, 74-62, in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship at the MassMutual Center.

Juan'ya Green tallied 15 points, six assists and five rebounds for Niagara (19-12), which will take on the winner of the Iona/Canisius matchup in the semifinals on Sunday.

Evan Hymes and Rob Poole scored 14 points each for Siena (8-24), which also received one final double-double from O.D. Anosike, who tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds. Anosike, who led the nation in rebounding a season ago, finished his career with 46 double-doubles.

Siena shot 43.5 percent from the field including 5-of-8 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes, but it also went just 6-of-14 at the free-throw line before the break. Despite hitting on just 33.3 percent of their field goal tries, the Purple Eagles took a 32-31 lead into halftime.

Niagara pulled away after the intermission as they converted 12-of-13 at the charity stripe.

The Saints shot an even 50 percent from the floor, made 9-of-16 from 3-point range and held a 32-30 edge in the rebounding battle. However, it was not enough to overcome their 20 turnovers.

Game Notes

Marshall - The class of Conference USA

Conference USA has added two new teams this season (Old Dominion and Western Ky) and lost three (Tulsa, East Carolina and Tulane) but it is really a one team league. And that team is Marshall.

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