Quinnipiac 85, Niagara 81

Ike Azotam scored a career-high 32 points to lead Quinnipiac to

an 85-81 victory over Niagara on Thursday night.

The sophomore forward dominated inside for the Bobcats (6-5),

who outscored the Purple Eagles 44-30 in the paint. That helped

offset Niagara’s huge advantage in bench points, a 30-10 edge that

nearly enabled the Purple Eagles (4-8) to overcome a 46-37 halftime

deficit.

Quinnipiac took an early 15-4 lead and had that nine-point

cushion at halftime thanks largely to Azotam, who scored 19 points

in the first half. He finished with 13 of 18 shooting, made 6 of 8

free throws and grabbed nine rebounds, just missing a

double-double.

Two teammates accomplished that feat. Point guard Dave Johnson

had 13 points and 10 assists while Ousmane Drame got his first

career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Antoine Mason led Niagara with 22 points and Malcolm Lemmons

added 13.