Men's Basketball Travels For Saturday Matinee At Norfolk State
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Niagara Purple Eagles (4-6, 0-0 MAAC) vs. Norfolk State (1-9, 0-0 MEAC)
Saturday, December 16 â" 4:00 p.m.
Echols Hall â" Norfolk State University
Broadcast: Spartans Showcase
Radio: WGR 550 AM â" Todd Callen
Internet: Niagara Sports Network
The Niagara Purple Eagles continue their string of alternating home/away games with a trip to play the Norfolk State Spartans on Saturday, December 16 at 4 p.m.
â¢ The Niagara Purple Eagles opened December with a 78-70 victory at New Hampshire. Niagara finished the final four minutes of the game on a decisive 13-2 run en route to its second road win of the season.
â¢ Niagara opened its home December schedule with a 93-87 overtime defeat t o St. Francis (PA). The Purple Eagles had season-highs in assists (17) and in blocks (7) on their way to their sixth 80-plus points game of the season.
â¢ The Purple Eagles have won both meetings against the Spartans, including last season's 65-61 win at the Gallagher Center on December 10. Dominic Robb led Niagara with a season-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocks.
â¢ Kahlil Dukes was named MAAC Player of the Week for the first time in his career announced on December 11. For the third consecutive week, a Purple Eagle has been named player of the week.
â¢ Matt Scott, who is SECOND in the nation in scoring, led all scorers with a career-high 36 points at BYU. The 36 points are the most points by a Purple Eagle since Antoine Mason's 38 points against Marist on March 6, 2014.
â¢ Matt Scott is 14th on the career scoring list and is 30 points away from tying Marshall Wingate ( '72) for 13th.
â¢ Kahlil Dukes is FIRST in the conference in free throw percentage (.907) and is is FOURTH in the NCAA in career active free throw percentage (.910).
â¢ Kahlil Dukes leads the MAAC in 3-pointers per game (3.7), total 3-pointers (37) and in 3-point field goal percentage (.487).
â¢ Dominic Robb moved into sixth place on the career blocks list (118) with a season and MAAC-high six blocks against St. Francis on December 10. Robb has two of the top 10 most single-game blocks in program history.
It Takes Two
â¢ Matt Scott (25.4) and Kahlil Dukes (22.4) are the top scoring pair in the nation. Scott and Dukes are first and second, respectively, in scoring in the MAAC through 10 games. The duo is accounting for 57 percent of Niagara's scoring.
â¢ The duo is the only pair in the NCAA to have eight 20-plus points games this season, which leads the MAAC and is tied for second in the nation. The tandem has scored 20-plus points in the same game six times this season.
â¢ In the MAAC, the pair ranks in the top two in field goals made and in field goals attempted.
On The Court
Norfolk State Spartans (1-9, 0-0 MEAC)
â¢ The Spartans are winless in their nine NCAA Division I games this season.
â¢ Norfolk State won its first game of the season when it defeated Mid-Atlantic Christian, a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, on December 14.
â¢ Three Spartans are averaging double figures - Steven Whitley (12.1 ppg), Preston Bungei (10.8 ppg), and Alex Long (10.8 ppg).
Against the Spartans (Niagara leads 2-0)
â¢ Niagara has won both meetings between the programs.
â¢ Niagara won the first meeting between the teams on December 29, 2009 in El Paso, Texas as part of the Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. Current DOBO Tyrone Lewis became t he program's career leader in steals in the game.
â¢ The Purple Eagles edged the Spartans, 65-61, in last season's meeting.
Last Meeting - December 10, 2016
Niagara 65, Norfolk State 61
NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. â" Dominic Robb led Niagara with a season-high 18 points and tied a career-high with four blocks to help power the Purple Eagles to a 65-61 win over the Norfolk State Spartans.
|The Series||Niagara leads 2-0|
|Last Game||December 10, 2016|
|Niagara 65, Norfolk State 61|
|Last Niagara win||December 10, 2016|
|Niagara 65, Norfolk State 61|
|Last Norfolk State win||Never|
|Last Niagara win at Norfolk State||First Meeting|
|Last Norfolk State win at Home||First Meeting|
|Current Streak||Niagara, W2|
|Coach Casey vs. Norfolk State||1-0|
Against The MEAC
â¢ NU has dominated teams from the MEAC, posting an impressive record of 10-1.
Put Up Your Dukes
â¢ Kahlil Dukes was named MAAC Player of the Week for the first time in his career announced on December 11.
â¢ Dukes averaged team-highs in scoring with 28 points per game and in assists with 6.0 per game in two games. For the week, Dukes shot 50 percent from the field, 58.8 percent from the 3-point line and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.
â¢ In Niagara's win at New Hampshire, Dukes notched his first career 30-point with a game-high 31 points, including 22 points in the second half. Dukes went 8 for 11 from beyond the 3-point line. The eight 3-pointers are tied for the second most in program history , are the most in the MAAC and are tied for sixth most in the NCAA this season.
â¢ Dukes followed his career-high 31 points performance with a team-high 25 points and while dishing out a career-high 11 assists for his first career double-double against St. Francis. Dukes made a game-high nine free throws, which are a season-high.
Dynamic Duo Power NU At UNH
â¢ The nation's highest scoring duo, Matt Scott and Kahlil Dukes, combined for 58 points, including 39 of Niagara's 47 second half points, to power the Purple Eagles to a 78-70 win at New Hampshire on December 5.
â¢ The duo provide all 13 points in the decisive 13-2 run in the final four minutes of the game.
â¢ Dukes notched his first career 30-point with a game-high 31-point effort. Dukes, who scored 22 points in the second half, went 8 for 11 from beyond the 3-point line.
â¢ Dukes' eight 3-pointers are tied for the second most in program history and the most sin ce Marvin Jordan's eight 3-pointers against Rider on Feb. 5, 2012. Dukes' eight 3-pointers are the most in the MAAC and tied for sixth most in the NCAA this season.
â¢ Scott poured in 27 points for his seventh straight 20-point game and grabbed eight rebounds.
Fly, (Purple) Eagles, Fly!
â¢ Niagara is the highest scoring team in the MAAC at 83.7 points per game. The program record for points per game in a season is 87.6 ppg (1967-68).
â¢ Niagara is on pace to setting the program record for most points in a season, set by the 2008-09 team (2,665).
â¢ NU leads the MAAC in free throws made and total 3-pointers made, and is second in 3-pointers per game and 3-point field goal percentage.
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