Niagara 62, St. Peter's 55

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Tyrone Lewis scored 18 points to lead Niagara to a 62-55 win over St. Peter's on Friday night.

Bilal Benn added 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Purple Eagles (13-3, 4-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), while Benson Egemonye blocked a career-high seven shots. Nick Leon had 25 points -- including three 3-pointers -- to lead the Peacocks (4-11, 1-4), while Ryan Bacon added 18 points.

The teams traded baskets early on, but Niagara closed the first half with a 21-8 run to take a 36-23 lead at the break. The Purple Eagles then led by as many as 18 points in the second half before the Peacocks rallied late and cut the lead to 60-55 on two free throws by Wesley Jenkins with 3:52 left to play.

St. Peter's would not get any closer, though, as the Peacocks missed four shots and Egemonye blocked two others in the closing minutes.