ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Raheem Solomon scored the game-winning layup with 3 seconds left and sixth-seeded Niagara beat No. 11 Marist 56-54 in Tuesday night's first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Purple Eagles (12-20) play No. 3 Rider in Thursday night's quarterfinals.
Marist's Jordan Jones tied it at 54 with a jumper with 32 seconds to go, but Solomon hit the game-winner on Niagara's next possession after Marcus Hammond drove the lane and dished him an assist after drawing three defenders. An attempted 3-pointer at the buzzer by Marist's Michael Cubbage missed.