Juan’ya Green, Evan Hymes, Amadou Sidibe and the MAAC Press Break

Photo by Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

All that is good with Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

Green, Hymes and Sidibe nab weekly honors

Juan’ya Green averaged 14 points per game, 9.5 assists per game and 7 rebounds per game while setting a career-high in rebounds and tying career-highs in assists, steals and blocks as the Niagara Purple Eagles extended their conference win streak to nine games with wins at Siena and Canisius. He played arguably his best all-around game as a Purple Eagle in the win at Siena on Jan. 25. Green notched his first career double-double with 19 points while tying a career-best 11 assists and had one turnover in 40 minutes, and his career-high nine rebounds left him one board shy of the program’s second ever triple-double. Green also tied a career high with two blocks. He ended the game going 4-for-4 at the line, including getting a steal, to help Niagara to a 78-69 win. Green helped the Purple Eagles erase a 10-point second-half deficit to come away with a dramatic win at Canisius on Sunday. He had the assist on the game-winning 3-pointer in the 66-65 win, played in front of a sold-out crowd on ESPN3. Green’s game-high eighth assist occurred on the final play of the game with four seconds left. Green had a game-high five steals, which tied a career best, scored nine points and added five rebounds.

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Jordan’s daggers lifts Niagara past Canisius

Marvin Jordan hit the game-winner with four seconds left on the clock as Niagara (13-8/9-1) defeated the Canisius Golden Griffins (13-8/ 6-4), 66-65 in Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Koessler Athletic Center.

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Niagara’s toughness leads to victory 

The Niagara Purple Eagles took punches to the gut, chest, waist and everywhere in between, but the young squad answered Canisius’ every move in a game that turned into an instant classic at the Koessler Athletic Center.

A sold-out crowd of 2,196 fans witnessed a Canisius team that could not finish off Niagara when they were on the ropes and instead saw the Purple Eagles grow up before their eyes.

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Defense carries Loyola to win at Manhattan

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Loyola University Maryland blocked seven shots, had six steals and held host Manhattan College to just 14 made field goals, as the Greyhounds defeated the Jaspers, 51-41, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Friday night in front of a national ESPNU television audience.

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Iona holds off Loyola

BALTIMORE, MD – The Iona College men’s basketball team fought off Loyola Maryland in key 79-71 win on the road in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Reitz Arena. The Gaels (14-7, 8-2 MAAC) stand in second place alone after defeating the Greyhounds (15-7, 7-3 MAAC) in their final league contest in Baltimore.

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Anosike powers Siena past Marist

O.D. Anosike soared for his 21st rebound just before the final horn sounded in Poughkeepsie Sunday signifying Siena’s 79-75 win at Marist. The senior put on a dominant display, ending with 20 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high five assists as Siena topped its archrival for the 11th time in 12 meetings.

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Saints abroad

The Blue Danube River cuts through the heart of the Hungarian capital, with the former cities of Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east, now united as one for the past 140 years.

In a country of nearly 10 million people and about the size of Indiana, Hungary was under Communist control just over a generation ago but is now part of the ever-changing European Union.

It is here, in central Europe – in a country where long-dead poets are revered like Western rock stars – where former Siena basketball standout Ronald Moore ’10 is playing for pay after stops in Slovakia and Poland.

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Sosa finds stability at Canisius

Isaac Sosa is someone who would prefer not to deviate from his script. Where an unconscious shooter doesn’t care when or where he lets fly, Sosa picks his spots and probably long before tipoff. But veer off course …

“That’s a red flag, but that’s the way that I am and my dad is too,” said the Canisius College senior guard. “We’re very methodical. We like to look into the future and kind of predict things. Imagine things a certain way and we want to have some certainty about things. When there’s a slight change it’s not necessarily a bad thing but you have to be aware of it.”

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Niagara can’t afford overconfidence

Niagara’s 9-1 start in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference might have some fans thinking the Purple Eagles are primed to run off and hide. Not so fast. Next up on the schedule are the league’s two preseason favorites: Iona and Loyola.

“Any league you play in seems like the toughest in the country but, man, I tell you it just seems like every night …” Mihalich said after Sunday’s 66-65, thrill-a-second road win over arch-rival Canisius.

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Canisius stifles Rider

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. Canisius junior Jordan Heath recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Golden Griffin defense held Rider to 32 percent from the field for the game as the Blue and Gold went on the road and defeated the host Broncs 67-50 Friday night in Alumni Gymnasium. The win, Canisius’ third straight, improved the team to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in MAAC play, while Rider saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with the loss, as the Broncs slipped to 11-10 overall and 6-3 in league play.

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Tempo-free MAAC

This weekend didn’t do a great job figuring out one thing, we still don’t know what team will be joining Siena, Marist and St. Peter’s on opening night of the MAAC tournament in Springfield.

The best bet is probably Manhattan, but after beating Rider is it possible the Jaspers could go on a run? Maybe. The Jaspers have been the second unluckiest team in the MAAC this season. There are eight games left in the regular season to help us figure it out.

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Rossiter emerging in NBA Development League

Former Siena Saint Ryan Rossiter is proving once again that hard work pays off. He was drafted as the 3rd pick of the 2nd round, the 19th overall by the Canton Charge in the NBA Development League Draft, but at times has seen limited minutes as he is adjusting to the new league. After even spending a couple games in early January on the inactive list, Rossiter is emerging as a solid contributor for the affiliate of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Mid-season all-star picks

Wasn’t season-openers about two weeks ago? It sure feels that way.

Yet, suddenly, the halfway point of the conference men’s season has come and gone. Teams have already played 10 of their 18 league contests.

So, it’s as good a time as any for the Hoopscribe’s mid-season all-star selections for me. Women will come within the next few days.

So, without further interruption …

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