Niagara began the second half on a 27-7 run blowing open a six-point game in an 87-64 victory over Siena Thursday night in Lewiston. The Purple Eagles made 12 of their first 18 3-pointers and shot 54% from the field.
Niagara scored on its first six possessions of the second half, making four 3-pointers.
"The game really got away from us quickly," Siena coach Mitch Buoanguro said. "You have to play a great game to beat a team of this caliber on the road, and we weren't up for it."
Niagara has won five of its last six games and is in sole possession of first in the MAAC at 6-1.
Siena got 15 points and 10 rebounds from O.D. Anosike, his 12th double-double of the season. The nation's leading rebounder surpassed Alex Franklin '10 on the school's all-time rebounding list, moving into fourth all-time. He was ejected from the game with 7:50 to play after being assessed back-to-back technical fouls.
Antoine Mason scored a game-high 23 points for Niagara with his father, NBA all-star Anthony Mason, looking on. Juan'ya Green, the other half of Niagara's dynamic sophomore backcourt, finished with 21. T.J. Cline (13), Ameen Tanksley (10) and Marvin Jordan (10) rounded out the five Purple Eagles in double figures.
Niagara shot 50% (12-24) from 3-point range, despite misfiring on their last six attempts.
"They were making some really tough shots," Hymes said. "Sometimes we were missing rotations and leaving them open in the corner, but they made everything. The credit goes to them."
Siena will have to shake off tonight's loss quickly, they face Canisius Saturday in Buffalo at 2 p.m. The Saints defeated Canisius 57-54 on Rakeem Brookins' buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
"This is a speedbump," Anosike said. "We can't dwell on it. We have to get ready for Canisius Saturday."