Iona played their customary game at Madison Square Garden following Duke’s victory over St. John’s in Mike Krzyzewski’s 1000th win Sunday afternoon and ran the Purple Eagles back onto the streets of New York, 87-64.
It has not been easy for Niagara under head coach Chris Casey, they have remade the roster quickly and competed during conference play, but haven’t seemed to get the bounces to go their way.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the Niagara Purple Eagles kicked things off in the inaugural Big 4 Classic in Buffalo, NY Saturday afternoon and senior center Youssou Ndoye tallied a double-double in the Bonnies’ 74-59 win over the Purple Eagles. With the line of 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, Ndoye dominated Niagara.
Niagara was a better team last season than the one that won just seven games, and two of those reasons were Wesley Myers and Ramone Snowden.
Entering his second season, Niagara head coach Chris Casey has quickly remade the roster.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will open conference play on perhaps the earliest date in its history.
Plenty of MAAC head coaches have had obstacles put in front of them; none may be greater than those Chris Casey has had to face just two seasons after Niagara won the regular season title. When the Niagara Purple Eagles open their 2014-15 season, their regular season championship will feel like the distant past.
“Start Packing, You Leave Tomorrow.”
The last time Niagara head coach Chris Casey saw Antoine Mason was when he received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University on May 10. At that time, Casey was under the impression that Mason would return for his final season of eligibility and did not have any other reason to think otherwise.
Redshirt junior Antoine Mason has decided to transfer, after completing his degree in finance in the spring, and will look to play his final year of eligiblity elsewhere.
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