Brown Leads Niagara to Victory in Play-In Game

Clif Brown
Niagara's Clif Brown has plenty to smile about as he scores 32 points in his team's win over Floria A&M in the play-in game. (Al Behrman - AP)
Associated Press
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

DAYTON, Ohio, March 13 -- With some of the smoothest shooting of his career, Clif Brown exchanged Niagara's play-in dread for NCAA drama.

The senior forward scored 32 points and made a career-high six three-pointers Tuesday night, leading the Purple Eagles to a 77-69 victory over Florida A&M in the NCAA tournament's play-in game.

Niagara (23-11) heads to Chicago for a Friday game against Kansas, the top seed in the West Regional.

Florida A&M (21-14) couldn't stop Brown in the second half, when he scored 24 points while the Purple Eagles' top scorer, Charron Fisher, sat on the bench in foul trouble. The Rattlers couldn't even rally after Brown helped them out by tipping a rebound into their basket.

Fisher finished with 13 points. Darius Glover scored 15 points for Florida A&M, which went only 4 of 17 from behind the arc and 7 of 18 from the free throw line.

The Rattlers looked tired, missing their first eight three-point shots while going 3 of 20 from the field. The slump allowed Niagara to pull ahead, 20-7, with Fisher leading the way. The bulky power forward had a tip-in for the game's first basket, a putback and a three-pointer during the opening flurry.

E.J. Maul finally got the Rattlers going with a pair of fast-break layups, sparking a 16-5 spurt. L.C. Robinson's three-pointer gave Florida A&M its only lead at 31-29 with 2 minutes 43 seconds left in the half.

The Rattlers went cold to start the second half. J.R. Duffey hit a 15-foot jumper and Brown made a three-pointer that put Niagara back in control at 44-36.

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