Niagara 36 44 80
Quinnipiac 38 51 89
Date of game: 3/8/2014

Recap: Quinnipiac vs. Niagara

Springfield, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Led by 20 points from Shaq Shannon, the third-seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats downed the 11th-seeded Niagara Purple Eagles, 89-80, in quarterfinal-round action of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Bobcats (20-10) had five players score in double figures, as Ike Azotam added 18 points, Ousmane Drame posted a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds, Zaid Hearst scored 15 and Evan Conti chipped in with 12 points and six assists. Quinnipiac takes on second-seeded Manhattan in the semifinals on Sunday night.

Antoine Mason led all scorers with 28 points for the Purple Eagles (7-26), while Marvin Jordan added 15 points and Wesley Myers scored 14.

Quinnipiac was hot from the floor to start the contest, connecting on 59.3 percent of its shots, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Bobcats trailed by 10 points midway through the first but were able to rally and gain a 38-36 advantage at the break. Niagara shot just 41.9 percent in the first half, but managed to knock down 4-of-11 from 3-point range to keep close.

After intermission, Quinnipiac continued to drain shots at an impressive clip, shooting 57.1 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Niagara improved somewhat, making 44.1 percent of its field goal tries, but just 4-of-14 from 3-point distance. Holding just a four- point lead, 61-57, with just over 10 minutes to play, the Bobcats ran off nine straight points to take a double-digit lead, which they held on down the stretch for the victory, getting a postseason win in their first year in the MAAC.

Quinnipiac had the advantage down low, outscoring Niagara in the paint, 42-32. The Bobcats also dominated on the glass by outrebounding the Purple Eagles, 42-29.

Game Notes

Aloha! Western Carolina to visit Hawaii in 2017

Western Carolina's football program will open its 2017 season at the University of Hawaii in a first-ever meeting between the two programs.

NASCAR News
Newman's No. 31 team penalized for tire manipulation

NASCAR handed down severe penalties to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team in the Sprint Cup Series on Tuesday for altered tires used in the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

NBA fines Clippers' Davis $15K for cushion kick

Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for kicking a seat cushion into the stands during Sunday's game against Boston.

Oilers sign D LaLeggia

The Edmonton Oilers added depth and scoring punch from the college ranks on Monday, signing defenseman Joey LaLeggia to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.