Manhattan 39 39 78
Niagara 37 40 77
Date of game: 2/9/2014

Recap: Niagara vs. Manhattan

Niagara University, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Rhamel Brown scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked six shots as the Manhattan Jaspers edged out the Niagara Purple Eagles, 78-77, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tilt at Gallagher Center.

George Beamon scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor for Manhattan (17-6, 10-4 MAAC). RaShawn Stores chipped in 10 points and four rebounds in the win, which was the third in a row for the Jaspers.

Antoine Mason netted 33 points to lead all scorers for Niagara (6-19, 3-11), adding eight rebounds to his resume. Tahjere McCall scored 16 points and dished out a team-high seven assists in the loss - Niagara's fourth in a row. Two Mason free throws with 43 seconds left in the game put the Purple Eagles down by one point. A missed Niagara layup opportunity with one second remaining gave Manhattan the victory.

Manhattan shot 44.8 percent from the floor in the first half, and took a slight 39-37 lead into the locker room at the intermission. Niagara connected on 48 percent of its shots in the frame.

The Jaspers improved to 54.6 percent shooting in the second half, and went 14- of-19 from the free-throw line. The Purple Eagles buried 45.2 percent of their field goal tries in the period, but came up just short at the end.

Manhattan had the edge in fast break points, 14-5, and in bench points, 16-8.

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