Jan. 27, 2005
Niagara closed the first half on a 21-1 run to break a 17-17 tie and never looked back in a 74-59 victory over Siena at Pepsi Arena Thursday. Juan Mendez had a double-double by the half, and finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds for the Purple Eagles.
The loss was the seventh straight for struggling Siena (3-16/1-7), matching a seven-game slide that started the season.
David Brooks continued his success against the Saints, scoring 23 points on 8-13 shooting from the floor. He converted a career-high seven three-pointers, the third most in school history.
Niagara (12-6/7-3) pushed the lead to 58-29 with just over 12 minutes remaining, before Brent Sniezyk threw down a vicious jam, injecting some life into the crowd of 4,710.
The outcome, however, was never in doubt, as the Purple Eagles built a 30-point lead on two occasions, and Siena never got closer than the final margin.
The Saints season-long shooting miseries continued as the team made just 32% of its attempts on the night. Niagara held a commanding 52-30 edge on the glass, out rebounding the Saints 28-14 before intermission.
Jack McClinton led Siena with 22 points. David Ryan added 11, 10 in the second half.
Siena travels to Rider Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip with the Broncs.