It was a tale of two halves for the Niagara Purple Eagles on Monday night as they defeated St. Francis (PA) 65-63 to improve to 3-3 on the year.
Niagara started the game flat as they trailed by as many as 21 points (38-17) in the first half.
It was an entirely different story in the second half.
Put in a desperate situation, Niagara responded by outscoring St. Francis 45-25 in the second half.
No shot was bigger the Juan’ya Green’s layup with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second half to put the Purple Eagles ahead 65-63.
Green’s layup broke a tie game and gave Niagara their second consecutive win as well as their largest comeback win of the year.
Outside of having the game-winning basket, Green put up 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Antoine Mason led the Purple Eagles with 15 points.
Rebounding and forcing turnovers was key for Niagara in the victory as they outrebounded St. Francis 35-21 and forced 18 turnovers.
With the win, the Purple Eagles win consecutive games for the first time this season and have off till December 2nd when they take on Fairfield.