College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Nick Faust, Logan Aronhalt and Seth Allen
all poured in 15 points as the second-seeded Maryland Terrapins dismissed the
seventh-seeded Niagara Purple Eagles, 86-70, in first-round action of the
National Invitation Tournament at the Comcast Center.
Nick Faust also hauled in 11 rebounds for Maryland (23-12), which will advance
to the second round to face off against the winner of the Denver/Ohio
University matchup. Dez Wells chipped in 12 points for the hosts, while
Charles Mitchell netted 10 points.
For Niagara (19-14), Antoine Mason shot 12-of-13 from the foul line en route
to 24 points, Ameen Tanksley recorded 18 points and seven rebounds, T.J. Cline
scored 11 points off the bench and Juan'ya Green had 10 points.
The teams played to a 35-35 tie after one half. Maryland shot 46.7 percent
from the floor compared to just 40 percent for Niagara, but the Purple Eagles
stayed in the game by draining five 3-pointers and going 6-of-8 from the foul
The Terps pulled away in the second half, outshooting Niagara from the field,
58.6 percent to 31.4 percent.
Maryland overcame 17 turnovers by winning the rebounding battle, 42-32.
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