Lewis, Benn power Niagara past Ill. State, 70-56

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LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP)Niagara powered to a 70-56 victory over Illinois State Friday night in the ESPN BracketBuster Series.

Tyrone Lewis scored 19 points while Bilal Benn had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Niagara (22-7). Rob Garrison added 10 points.

Illinois State (22-6) was led by Champ Oguchi’s 19 points, 14 of those coming in the second half. Emmanuel Holloway and Brandon Sampay each added 10 points while Sampay snared 11 rebounds.

Niagara used a 14-0 run, started with back-to-back three-point field goals by Demetrious Williamson, to open a 20-6 lead at 11:03. Lewis added back-to-back three-pointers to give Niagara a 29-13 lead at 6:27.

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 Illinois St.
Champ Oguchi Champ Oguchi
7-16,  19 Pts
7 Rebs, 0 Assists
Bilal Benn Bilal Benn
5-16,  17 Pts
12 Rebs, 2 Assists

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