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Monday, April 6 Sports

Men’s basketball capsules


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NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES

at FAIRFIELD STAGS

Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Niagara (9-16, 7-7); Fairfield (10-15, 6-8)

BOTTOM LINE: Fairfield looks for its fifth straight win over Niagara at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. The last victory for the Purple Eagles at Fairfield was a 55-53 win on Feb. 19, 2015.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Marcus Hammond is averaging 13.7 points and 4.4 rebounds to lead the way for the Purple Eagles. James Towns is also a key contributor, producing 11.4 points per game. The Stags have been led by Jesus Cruz, who is averaging 11 points.

MIGHTY MARCUS: Hammond has connected on 40 percent of the 130 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 10 for 22 over his last three games. He’s also converted 80.4 percent of his free throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: The Purple Eagles are 0-11 when they score 64 points or fewer and 9-5 when they exceed 64 points. The Stags are 0-11 when allowing 64 or more points and 10-4 when holding opponents below 64.

STREAK STATS: Niagara has lost its last four road games, scoring 60.3 points, while allowing 72.5 per game.

BALL SECURITY: The diligent Niagara offense has turned the ball over on 16 percent of its possessions, the 20th-best mark in Division I. 22 percent of all Fairfield possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Stags are ranked 325th, nationally).

SACRED HEART PIONEERS

at MERRIMACK WARRIORS

Hammel Court, North Andover, Mass.; Friday, 5 p.m.

RECORDS: Sacred Heart (16-11, 9-5); Merrimack (18-10, 12-3)

BOTTOM LINE: Sacred Heart seeks revenge on Merrimack after dropping the first matchup in Fairfield. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 2, when the Warriors outshot Sacred Heart 43.1 percent to 39.6 percent and had nine fewer turnovers en route to a 65-57 victory.

SENIOR STUDS: Merrimack’s Juvaris Hayes, Jaleel Lord and Idris Joyner have collectively accounted for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 50 percent of all Warriors points over the last five games.

SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Hayes has had his hand in 55 percent of all Merrimack field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has eight field goals and 28 assists in those games.

SCORING THRESHOLDS: Merrimack is 8-0 when scoring at least 68 points and 10-10 when falling shy of that total. Sacred Heart is 14-0 when it puts up 74 or more points and 2-11 on the year, otherwise.

TWO STREAKS: Sacred Heart has won its last three road games, scoring 81.7 points and allowing 67.3 points during those contests. Merrimack has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 68 points while giving up 61.2.

DID YOU KNOW?: The Merrimack defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 26.9 percent of all possessions, which is the fourth-highest rate in the country. Sacred Heart has turned the ball over on 20.2 percent of its possessions (ranked 256th among Division I teams).

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CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS

at QUINNIPIAC BOBCATS

People’s United Center, Hamden, Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Canisius (9-16, 4-10); Quinnipiac (11-13, 6-8)

BOTTOM LINE: Canisius looks to extend Quinnipiac’s conference losing streak to six games. Quinnipiac’s last MAAC win came against the Canisius Golden Griffins 90-73 on Jan. 31. Canisius fell 85-71 at home to Monmouth on Friday.

STEPPING UP: Quinnipiac’s Rich Kelly has averaged 16.1 points and 4.6 assists while Kevin Marfo has put up 10.2 points and 13.3 rebounds. For the Golden Griffins, Malik Johnson has averaged 13.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and six assists while Majesty Brandon has put up 13.2 points and 4.1 rebounds.

OFFENSIVE THREAT: Kelly has made or assisted on 41 percent of all Quinnipiac field goals over the last five games. Kelly has accounted for 20 field goals and 25 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 75: Quinnipiac is 0-7 this year when it allows 75 points or more and 11-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 75.

STREAK STATS: Canisius has lost its last four road games, scoring 61.8 points, while allowing 65.5 per game.

DID YOU KNOW?: Quinnipiac as a team has made 10 3-pointers per game this season, which is eighth-best among Division I teams.

YALE BULLDOGS

at CORNELL BIG RED

Newman Arena at Bartels Hall, Ithaca, N.Y.; Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Yale (18-6, 6-2); Cornell (5-16, 2-6)

BOTTOM LINE: Yale looks for its 15th straight win in the head-to-head series over Cornell. Yale has won by an average of 14 points in its last 14 wins over the Big Red. Cornell’s last win in the series came on Feb. 15, 2013, a 68-61 win.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Cornell’s Jimmy Boeheim has averaged 16.5 points and 5.7 rebounds while Terrance McBride has put up 10.9 points. For the Bulldogs, Paul Atkinson has averaged 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds while Jordan Bruner has put up 11.5 points and 9.1 rebounds.

STEPPING IT UP: The Bulldogs have scored 73.3 points per game across eight conference games, an improvement from the 72.6 per game they managed against non-conference opponents.

JUMPING FOR JIMMY: Boeheim has connected on 29.7 percent of the 101 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 23 over the last five games. He’s also made 70.4 percent of his foul shots this season.

SLIPPING AT 72: Cornell is 0-12 this year when it allows 72 points or more and 5-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 72.

ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Big Red have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Bulldogs. Cornell has an assist on 33 of 70 field goals (47.1 percent) across its previous three games while Yale has assists on 35 of 81 field goals (43.2 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW?: The stout Yale defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 38.1 percent, the 11th-best mark in the country. Cornell has allowed opponents to shoot 45 percent from the field through 21 games (ranked 281st).

— Associated Press

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