BURLINGTON, Vt. – (Niagara Release) The Niagara men’s basketball team had its five-game Sears Bracketbusters and three-game win streak come to a halt at the America East leaders Vermont Catamounts, 92-70, on Saturday.
Antoine Mason tied a game-high with 20 points to lead Niagara (12-17) in scoring with his seventh 20-plus game of the season while Malcolm Lemmons added a career-high 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Juan’ya Green scored 12 points on four 3-pointers to drain four 3-pointers in the last three games.
The Purple Eagles had their six-game win streak against Vermont (19-10) snapped in the programs’ first meeting since Jan. 1989.
Niagara found itself in an early deficit with Vermont opening the game on 17-5 run. The Purple Eagles cut the lead into single digits, 31-22, with a layup by Ali Langford with 6:34 left in the half. Though, NU was unable to keep up with the hot-shooting Catamounts who finished the half shooting 56 (18-for-32) percent from the field and led 52-29 at the half.
In the second half, the Purple Eagles managed to shot 50 percent from the field (15-for-30), but the Catamounts remained hot as well, shooting 55 percent from the field for the game and 90 percent (20-for-22) at the free-throw line.
Vermont, who has won 10 consecutive games, had five players in double figures led by Four McGlynn’s 20 points.
Niagara returns to MAAC action next week with two important road contests against Saint Peter’s on Friday and Marist on Sunday as continues its push for a first round bye in next month’s MAAC Tournament in Springfield, Mass.