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Maryland beats Niagara 86-70 in NIT opener


Maryland used a strong second half to defeat Niagara 86-70 Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT.

Tied at halftime, the Terrapins (23-12) used a 21-2 run to take a 56-38 lead before coasting to the finish. Second-seed Maryland next hosts the winner of the Ohio-Denver game, held late Tuesday.

Antoine Mason led Niagara (19-14) with 24 points and Ameen Tanksley had 18. The Purple Eagles led 29-23 before halftime, but Maryland used a 10-0 run to help forge a 35-35 tie at halftime. Five Terrapins scored in double figures, including Allen and Logan Aronhalt with 15 apiece.

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