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Niagara Purple Eagles (12-20)


Niagara beats Marist 56-54, advances to MAAC quarterfinals

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Raheem Solomon scored the game-winning layup with 3 seconds left and sixth-seeded Niagara beat No. 11 Marist 56-54 in Tuesday night's first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Purple Eagles (12-20) play No. 3 Rider in Thursday night's quarterfinals.

Marist's Jordan Jones tied it at 54 with a jumper with 32 seconds to go, but Solomon hit the game-winner on Niagara's next possession after Marcus Hammond drove the lane and dished him an assist after drawing three defenders. An attempted 3-pointer at the buzzer by Marist's Michael Cubbage missed.

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Leaders
Points: M. Hammond14.3
Rebounds: M. Hammond4.6
Assists: M. Hammond2.9
FG%: M. Hammond44.0%
FT%: J. Towns80.7%
3P%: M. Hammond42.5%
Steals: S. Levnaic1.1
Blocks: G. Kuakumensah0.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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Metro Atlantic Athletic Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Siena 15-5 20-10
Saint Peter's 14-6 18-12
Rider 12-8 18-12
Monmouth 12-8 18-13
Quinnipiac 10-10 15-15
Iona 9-11 12-17
Niagara 9-11 12-20
Manhattan 8-12 13-18
Fairfield 8-12 12-20
Canisius 7-13 12-20
Marist 6-14 7-23
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 65.7 (312)
Rebounds: 5.9 (352)
Assists: 11.9 (270)
FG%: 42.9% (222)
FT%: 75.2% (44)
3P%: 37.2% (26)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 72.4 (266)
Rebounds: 21.7 (350)
Assists: 16.3 (346)
FG%: 45.5% (307)
FT%: 70.8% (180)
3P%: 35.6% (310)
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