Illinois State's men's basketball team travels to Niagara University, N.Y., to take on Niagara at 6 p.m. Friday in the Gallagher Center, Niagara University, N.Y.
Broadcast: WJBC-AM (1230); WJEZ-FM (98.9)
Records: Illinois State 22-5; Niagara 21-7
Series history: First meeting
About the Purple Eagles: Niagara is in second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-4 mark. Tyrone Lewis has scored in double figures in all but two games. Bilal Benn and Rob Garrison are in their first seasons with Niagara after transferring from Villanova and Connecticut, respectively. Sixth-man Demetrius Williamson, a junior forward who averages 7.9 points and 2.8 rebounds, is a Chicago Whitney Young High School graduate. Benson Egemonye hails from Nigeria and will square off against his fellow countryman, ISU's Dinma Odiakosa.
Next up: ISU meets Northern Iowa at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Redbird Arena.
(Scoring, rebounding averages)
F - Dinma Odiakosa, 6-8, jr. (9.2, 7.3); Champ Oguchi, 6-6, sr. (14.7, 5.7); G - Osiris Eldridge, 6-3, jr. (14.0, 6.1); Emmanuel Holloway, 6-2, sr. (10.1, 4.0); Landon Shipley, 6-0, jr. (3.6, 0.7).
F - Bilal Benn, 6-5, jr. (13.8, 8.9); C - Benson Egemonye, 6-10, sr. (12.6, 7.0); G - Rob Garrison, 6-2, sr. (10.2, 2.6); Tyrone Lewis, 5-11, jr. (16.4, 4.7); Anthony Nelson, 6-1, so. (7.6, 4.6).
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