The Purple Eagles needed overtime but got the job done Monday night as they defeated Central Connecticut State 102-93 in OT to open their season with a win.
Niagara got off to an awful start as they were down by as many as 18 points early in the first half.
Blue Devils guard Kyle Vinales caused problems for Niagara all night as he finished with 39 points and was 6-8 from behind the arc.
Central Connecticut State’s hot shooting put them in a good position to win while leading 51-41 at the half.
However, led by the duo of Marvin Jordan and Juan’ya Green, Niagara managed to get back into the game.
The Purple Eagles managed to erase the 10-point halftime deficit early in the second half when Green made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 58-58.
Following the free throws, Niagara appeared to gain control of the game taking a 80-73 lead with 6:25 remaining in the 2nd half but couldn’t hold on as the game headed to overtime.
The Purple Eagles went on to dominate the overtime period outscoring the Blue Devils 16-7 to finish off their first win of the season.
Green and Jordan had great games for Niagara on the night as both players scored 23 points apiece.
On top of Green’s 23 points, he added six assists and five rebounds.
Also having a good game for Niagara was Antoine Mason who nearly had a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds.
With the win, Niagara opens their season with a win to move to 1-0. The Purple Eagles have a few days to rest before taking on #25 Missouri on November 17th.