Myers third player to leave Niagara; Robb signs

By Nick Veronica

niagara_logo_bigNiagara forward Wesley Myers became the third Purple Eagle to leave the program this offseason, joining transfer candidates Rayvon Harris and DayJar Dickson.

Meanwhile, 6-foot-7 forward Dominic Robb has signed with Niagara, becoming the second-tallest player on the team behind 6-8 Dominique Reid.

Niagara coach Chris Casey still has four scholarships to use for the 2015-16 season.

IN: Dominic Robb.

OUT: Rayvon Harris, DayJar Dickson, Wesley Myers to transfer. Anders Skou Hansen left during the season to return to his native Denmark. Niagara had no seniors. David Varoli and Thomas Fleming are believed to be walk-ons, although that would seem to mean NU only used 12 scholarships last season.

SCHOLARSHIPS LEFT: Four.

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Niagara wins conference opener vs. Saint Peter’s, 61-59

By Nick Veronica

Rayvon Harris scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Niagara past Saint Peter’s Thursday night, 61-59, in the country’s earliest conference game this season.

niagara_logo_bigSaint Peter’s trailed by 12 points, 53-41, with 6:52 to go, but came back to take a 59-58 lead when Tyler Gaskins hit a three-pointer with 1:23 remaining.

Karonn Davis answered with a three for Niagara, and neither team would score the rest of the way as the Peacocks’ Chazz Patterson missed a game-tying jumper with nine seconds remaining.

Niagara, picked last in the MAAC preseason poll, now sits atop the conference standings at 1-0 and 1-1 overall. The next MAAC game isn’t until Dec. 3, when Canisius travels to Saint Peter’s.

Marvin Dominique led the Peacocks (0-3) with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Gaskins had 16 points.

Ramone Snowden added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Niagara. Wesley Myers was 1 for 7 from the field after going 2 for 8 in the opener, though he added seven rebounds and four assists Thursday.

The Purple Eagles were 5 for 14 from three-point range after going 0 for 14 against Pitt last Friday.

Starters: Niagara – Rayvon Harris, Ramone Snowden, Emile Blackman, Karonn Davis, Wesley Myers. Saint Peter’s – Marvin Dominique, Tyler Gaskins, Chazz Patterson, Trevis Wyche, Quadir Welton.

Next: Niagara returns to nonconference action with a 7 p.m. home game on Saturday against Hartford.