Mason nets 23 as Niagara beats Siena 87-64

Mason nets 23 as Niagara beats Siena 87-64

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) Antoine Mason netted 23 points as Niagara picked up its third consecutive win, beating Siena 87-64 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Thursday night.

Mason hit 8 of 14 from the field, while Juan'ya Green added 21 points and T.J. Cline 13 for Niagara (10-8, 6-1). The team shot 54.2 percent (32 of 59) from the field and hit 12 of 24 3-point attempts, paced by Green's 4-of-6 showing from beyond the arc.

The Purple Eagles are now 7-1 at home this season and 7-2 over their past nine games.

O.D. Anosike scored 15 points with 10 rebounds for the Saints (4-14, 2-5), who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Siena has now lost 13 of its past 14 road MAAC games.

Niagara led 40-34 at halftime, but opened the second half on a 27-7 run that included four 3-pointers and put the Purple Eagles ahead 67-41 with 13:33 remaining.

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2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: It's Dalton Risner vs. Brian Burns in the final, and it shouldn't be close

2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: It's Dalton Risner vs. Brian Burns in the final, and it shouldn't be close

NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the final matchup.

The championship round of the 2019 Redskins Draft Bracket features Dalton Risner going up against Brian Burns.

So, how'd the two prospects get here, and who should win the whole thing as the fans' ideal first-round pick? Let's answer those questions now.

Risner: Frankly, Risner's rise is a total shock. The Kansas State lineman has ousted Daniel Jones, Jachai Polite and Montez Sweat(!). All three of those can be perceived as upsets. Can he possibly pull off a fourth?

Burns: Burns dropped two LSU foes in Devin White and Greedy Williams, then took out Drew Lock to get here. Perhaps he's the one who'll end Risner's wild run through the this tournament.

Who should win?: With his versatility, strength and consistency, Risner should absolutely improve whatever NFL offensive line he ends up on. 

However, his pairing with Burns should go one way, and one way only: With Burns winning. Easily.

Yes, the Redskins need a guard, which Risner could play if asked since the team already has Trent Williams and Morgan Moses at tackle. 

Yes, adding a young, cheap talent is also necessary, considering how much money the 'Skins have invested up front already. 

But the impact of Burns, a speedster off the edge who could elevate Washington's defense as a threat opposite Ryan Kerrigan, would far outweigh Risner's.

That's not to mention that Risner would be quite a reach at pick No. 15, while Burns figures to go right around that slot.

Risner's trip through this setup will go down in Redskins Draft Bracket history. It will be remembered fondly and give hope to future prospects down the line. But it should also end in a blowout, and with Burgundy and Gold fans crowning Brian Burns as their dream first-rounder.

You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.


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'I Am the Prospect': One big-time skill could get Maryland's Darnell Savage all the way into the NFL Draft's first round

'I Am the Prospect': One big-time skill could get Maryland's Darnell Savage all the way into the NFL Draft's first round

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

As the NFL morphs into a pass-first sport, the importance of a hard-hitting safety with enough speed to cover the deep middle grows each year. 

Maryland’s Darnell Savage Jr. hits every part of that description. 

Haven’t heard of Savage? The league has. 

NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that as the selection process grows closer Savage is emerging as a possible first round pick. Pro Football Focus listed Savage as the second-best safety prospect in the 2019 draft class. 

Savage’s greatest strength is his versatility. He can play both safety spots, and plenty of NFL talent evaluators also see him being able to play slot corner. 

Speed helps. Savage ran a 4.36 40-yard-dash. 

Measurables like that paired with a second-team All-Big Ten performance last season means Savage certainly doesn’t make it to Saturday of the draft. And he might make it all the way to Thursday. 

The Redskins can absolutely use a player like Savage. But a player like Savage might not make it to the Redskins' second round pick.