Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-leading Niagara University takes its four-game winning streak on the road tonight for a 7 p.m. matchup at Siena.
The Purple Eagles (11-8, 7-1 MAAC) have won seven consecutive conference games and come off a four-point win against Manhattan last Saturday. The Purple Eagles’ 7-1 MAAC start is their best since coach Joe Mihalich’s first season in 1998-99.
Niagara routed the Saints last Thursday, 87-64, for its largest win against Siena (4-15, 2-6 MAAC) in MAAC play and largest win in the series since the 1950s. Niagara now seeks its first sweep of the Saints since the 2004-05 season, while trying to end its road jinx at the Times Union Center. It has dropped the last eight road meetings against the Saints, which includes the 2009 MAAC Tournament Championship Game.
The game serves as a tune-up for the eagerly anticipated matchup against rival Canisius College on Sunday at the Koessler Center.
The Golden Griffins (12-7, 5-3), also coming off back-to-back victories against Manhattan and Siena last week, are also on the road for a 7 p.m. game against Rider (11-9, 6-2).
Senior guard Isaac Sosa scored 18 points in the win over Siena, and on Monday was named the MAAC Player of the Week. Junior guard Billy Baron leads the team in scoring (16.4 ppg).
Canisius leads the MAAC in three-point field goal percentage and is second in the league in both field-goal percentage and free-throw shooting and three-pointers made. The Golden Griffins are third in the conference in scoring.
Meanwhile, Rider is 10th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense. The Broncs have won five in a row.
On Saturday, the University at Buffalo (7-12, 2-3 Mid-American Conference), which secured a rare road win at Ball State on Wednesday, faces a huge challenge against East Division favorite Akron (14-4, 5-0), while St. Bonaventure (9-9, 2-3 Atlantic 10) hosts Saint Louis (13-5, 2-2) at the Reilly Center. Philadelphia has been good to the Bonnies, who won back-to-back games on the road against Temple and Saint Joseph’s.