Niagara wins season-opener, beats St. Bonaventure 80-72
It was Niagara’s first win at home against its instate rival since Dec. 22, 2009, and have back-to-back wins against the Bonnies for the first time since winning eight straight from 2003-2010. The Purple Eagles have also won consecutive season openers for the first time since 2007-08.
Jalen Poyser had 21 points to lead St. Bonaventure (1-2). Tshiefu Ngalakulondi and Osun Osunniyi chipped in 14 points apiece.
Niagara took the lead for good six minutes into the second half, but St. Bonaventure stayed within single digits. Ngalakulondi’s jump shot pulled the Bonnies to 65-60 with three minutes to play. Towns answered with a 3-pointer and made 5 of 6 free throws as the Purple Eagles closed on a 15-8 spurge.