Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Monmouth & Saint Peter’s Advance to 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Semifinals

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 03, 2017

#1 Monmouth University- 84 - #8 Niagara University 59 | BOX SCORE

2017 Men’s Basketball First Round

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Freshman Louie Pillari set a new career-high with 16 points as top-seeded Monmouth University defeated ninth seeded Niagara 84-59 in the first quarterfinals game of the 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championships. Je’lon Hornbeak scored his 1,000th career point as a member of the Monmouth Hawks with his first basket of the game.

2016-17 MAAC Unanimous Player of the Year, Justin Robinson added 14 points on 50% shooting from the field. Senior center Chris Brady scored 13 points on six-of-seven shooting. The Hawks got key contributions from its bench, outscoring Niagara 42-24 in points off the bench.

Niagara had four players score in double-digits with Dominic Robb leading the way with a double-double posting 12 points and securing 11 rebounds. Chris Barton added 11 points and five rebounds in the defeat.

Monmouth awaits the winner of the #4 Siena/#5 Fairfield matchup on Sunday, March 5 at 4:30 pm on ESPN3.

#2 Saint Peter’s University 61 - #7 Canisius College 58 | BOX SCORE

2017 Men’s Basketball First Round

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

With 0:42 seconds left on the clock, Jermaine Crumpton hit a three to pull Canisius with one of Saint Peter’s, 59-58. On the next possession, Trevis Wyche drove to the hoop and hit a layup to give Saint Peter’s a 61-58 lead. Isaiah Reese would put up a shot as time expired, but it hit the rim, giving Saint Peter’s the victory.

Quadir Welton led the Peacocks with 15 pints on five-of-nine shooting. Crumpton led all scorers with 18 points. Isaiah Reese finished the game with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Saint Peter’s advances to the semifinals and will take on the winner of #3 Iona and #6 Rider on Sunday, March 5 at 7:00 pm on ESPN3.

About the 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship:

The 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship game takes place on Monday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPN3 with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships, visit maacsports.com/basketball. Be sure to follow the conversation on all social media platforms by using #MAACHoops.  

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