The Siena men's basketball team is now just 1/2 game out of first place in the MAAC after beating Niagara, 82-70, Tuesday night in Buffalo.

The Saints are now 14-7 overall and 7-3 in the league. They will welcome Marist to the TU Center on Saturday night at 7:00.

Freshman Nico Clareth scored 24 points in the win, going 9-17 from the floor and 4-9 from three-point range. He also added four rebounds and four assists.

Brett Bisping had 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace the frontcourt, while Javion Ogunyemi had 11 points. Ryan Oliver added 14 points as the senior has been inserted into a starting role.

Siena won the game despite being outrebounded 34-31. They also forced the Purple Eagles into 18 turnovers. Siena shot 49 percent from the floor as they continue to ascend through the MAAC.

As I've said all along, if they can tread water without Marquis Wright, they can make some noise in the MAAC tournament with the tournament being in Albany.