ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Matt Scott scored 19 points, Kahlil Dukes added 18 and Niagara beat Quinnipiac 88-69 in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
No. 9 seed Niagara (10-22) moves on to face top-seeded Monmouth in a quarterfinal of Friday. Eighth-seeded Quinnipiac (10-21) has lost seven straight.
Scott was 8 of 14 from the field and Dukes made 11 of 12 free throws. Chris Barton had 15 points, on 5-of-6 shooting, and James Towns scored in 14 for the Purple Eagles, who shot 84 percent (26 of 31) from the line. Maurice Taylor Jr. grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and chipped in eight points.