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