The Niagara University men’s basketball team’s struggles this season continued when they faced regular-season defending champions Monmouth Thursday. A lethal shooting attack as well as help from their bench helped Monmouth hold a sizable lead the whole game as the final score was 93-75.
Khalil Dukes, the stand-out transfer from USC, scored 16 of his team-leading 20 points in the first half for the Purple Eagles. He also shot 7-8 from the free throw line while Matt Scott, the other half of the two standouts this season finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Monmouth was just too good. They seemed to own every categorical statistic over the Purple Eagles as they led by as many as 27 points twice in the second half. Dominating Niagara in terms of bench points (+9), points in the paint (+10), second chance points (+12) and fast break points (+14), it was never close for the Purple Eagles as they only led twice throughout the contest.
After what was a mini-hot-streak for the Purple Eagles at the end of January, the team has dropped four of its last five contests. The Purple Eagles’ next contest will be at Sienna, a team that gave the Purple Eagles a win earlier this season.