Monday, March 5, 2007
Shall we dance? Niagara is IN!
It took Niagara 35 years to make it back to the NCAA tournament when they downed Rider in an emotional win at HSBC Arena two years ago. Now two years later they are going dancing again... beating Siena 83-79 in the MAAC finals in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Freshman Tyrone Lewis picked the team's biggest game to come up with his biggest performance, netting 24 points and earning game MVP. In the hours leading up to the game, much was made about Siena's two regular season wins over Niagara, then aided by Niagara's shortened bench. But after the offensive clinic the Purple Eagles put on in the semi's, you knew this was going to be a different type of game.
This Sunday we will find out who Niagara's opponent will be in the NCAA's. In 2005 they went in as a 14th seed, but all the bracket watchers and pundits are listing them as a 15 or 16 this year.
Congrats to Joe Mihalich and his boys... we are all proud of you!