|Game Info||No. 14 Humber at Niagara|
|Date||Friday, Dec. 8|
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|Series||Humber leads, 33-11|
|Last Meeting||W, 82-79 (3/4/17)|
No. 14 Humber men's basketball (8-2, 3rd West) will be concluding the first half of its 2017-18 schedule Friday evening when they head to Welland for a matchup with Niagara (5-3, 7th West). The game will be streamed live online, and tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Last Time Out
Humber surpassed the century mark for the sixth time this season in a 109-53 win over the UTM Eagles (0-9, 11th West). C.J. Bennett paced the way for the Hawks, recording his first career triple-double, finishing with 16 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists. Kenny Ejim finished with a team-high 25 points - his seventh 20-plus game of the season.
The Hawks have recorded nine blocked shots in back-to-back games, the highest two-game total in the Patrick Au era. Humber has recorded 45 blocked shots so far this season, the highest total in the west division.
Humber continues to hit more 3-pointers than any West team while leading the conference in 3-point percentage (37.5 percent). Kenny Ejim has hit 33 triples this season, the most in the CCAA.
From the floor, the Hawks are shooting 47.4 percent (358-of-755), their highest percentage since the 2014-15 season. Humber leads all CCAA programs in field goal percentage (min. 600 attempts).
Led by first-year head coach Mike Hurley, the Knights will be returning to Welland for the first time in nearly a month, dropping two of their three games on the road. Levi Makuna is Niagara's top scoring threat, as the fourth-year guard is averaging 20.7 ppg.
Niagara has struggled at the free throw line this season and currently sits 18th in the league, shooting 57.0 percent (135-of-237) from the line.
These two programs last met in the 2017 OCAA bronze medal game, where Humber escaped with an 82-79 victory at Centennial College. Despite missing top-scorer Van Hutchinson Jr. due to injury, the Knights rallied from an early ten-point deficit. Levi Makuna finished with 12 points, while C.J. Bennett finished with 13 points and eight rebounds in the win for Humber.
The Welland Campus Athletic Centre has been a difficult place for the Hawks as of late, losing two straight, and three of the last five. Despite its recent struggles in Welland, Humber owns a 14-8 (.636) record all-time at Niagara, dating back to the 1978-79 season.
With the conclusion of the OCAA season for 2017, Humber will host the annual East/West Holiday series Dec. 29-30.