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Niagara  43  35  78 
Marist 24  52  76 
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Men's Basketball's Season Ends As Comeback Falls Short
 Stat Comparison Niagara Marist
 Points 78  76 
 FG Made-Attempted  27-45  22-57
 FG Percentage  .600  .386
 3P Made/Attempted  1-5  7-23
 3P Percentage  .200  .304
 FT Made-Attempted  23-37  25-34
 FT Percentage  .622  .735
 Rebounds  33  30
 Turnovers  18  11
 Individual Leaders


 Points  Mason, 38  Lewis, 26
 Rebounds  Ware, 11  Kemp, 9
 Assists  Mason, 4  Lewis, 3
 Steals  Five tied, 1  Lewis, 3
 Blocks  Ware, 1  Kemp, 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Marist men's basketball team had its season come to an end with a 78-76 loss to Niagara in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships Thursday night.

Marist trailed by as much as 24, but had a chance to tie or win on the game's final possession. However, the Red Foxes were unable to convert on a couple of opportunities in the final five seconds.

Niagara's Antoine Mason led all scorers with 38 points. Mason shot 13-for-19 from the field and added six rebounds and four assists.

Junior swingman Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with 26 points, and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Lewis became the first player in program history to reach the 1,500-point milestone in his junior year.

Red-shirt freshman guard Khallid Hart (Newark, Del.) had 20 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior center Adam Kemp (Sherrill, N.Y.) had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

The teams traded baskets in the first minute of play, but Niagara then went on an 11-0 run, and held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the first half. The Purple Eagles led 43-24 at halftime, and had stretched of holding Marist scoreless for 6:26 and without a field goal for 8:56.

With 12:39 to play, a basket by Ramone Snowden gave Niagara its largest lead at 59-35. Marist later used a 9-0 run to cut its deficit to 13 with 8:36 to play. Niagara led 70-59 with 4:04 to play, but the Red Foxes scored 17 points in a span of 3:43 to give themselves a chance to tie or win on the final possession.

For the game, Niagara shot .600 (27-for-45) from the field. The Purple Eagles hit just one three-pointer in five attempts, and shot (.622) 23-for-37 from the free-throw line. The Red Foxes’ comeback was aided by 18 Niagara turnovers and 13 missed free throws by the Purple Eagles in the second half. Marist, which topped 50 percent shooting from the field in both regular-season meetings against Niagara, shot just .386 (22-for-57) in this game.

Marist’s season ended at 12-19. Niagara (7-25) moves on to play Quinnipiac in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.