Niagara University Purple Eagles
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#855 Rider -6
vs. #856 Niagara 147

Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

The Niagara Purple Eagles will host the Rider Broncos in MAAC play Friday night from the Gallagher Center. The Broncos crushed Marist 69-52 in their previous game, and the Purple Eagles tallied a 70-69 road win over Iona on Saturday. Rider beat Niagara in both games last season.

Rider Defeats Marist, Improve to 3-2 in Conference Play

The Rider Broncs are seeking their second straight win. The Broncs have fared well in MAAC play, compiling a 3-2 record through five games. They ended a two-game slide with a convincing 69-52 road loss over Marist on Sunday to cover 8.5 point spread. Rider’s defense has been their top strength in conference play.

Dimencio Vaughn is playing with confidence after sinking 21 points in Sunday’s easy victory. The junior guard has reached at least 18 points in three out of his last four games and is averaging 14 PPG and 7 RPG. Frederick Scott continues to excel from three-point range where he now holds a 41% efficiency on the season.  The junior forward is currently averaging 13.5 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Tyere Marshall scored 20 points in a recent loss to Iona. The 6-foot-9 senior center has collected four double-doubles and owns an average of 13 PPG and 8.8 RPG.

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The Broncs are currently placed 181st overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they stand at 3-5 on the road. Rider is scoring an average of 72.9 points, ranking them 139th in DI. They are allowing 71.3 points, positioning them 234th overall.

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