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Men’s Basketball to Face Niagara, Rider in ASUN/MAAC Challenge

Dublin, Ireland – For the next two overseas games, the Central Arkansas men’s basketball team enters the court as part of the MAAC/ASUN Challenge. The Bears meet Niagara on Friday at 10 a.m. CT before taking on Rider on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT.

The Bears (2-1) have won consecutive games, most recently defeating Little Rock in the Governor’s I-40 Showdown. Victory was punctuated by big nights Eddy Kayouloud (26 points on 11-of-17 shooting) and Collin Cooper (22 points, career-high six threes). Camren Hunter also played a big part in the win, having a double-double, scoring 13 points and adding a career-best 11 assists.

Central Arkansas has won both games by double digits this season and also eclipsed 80 points in both. The Bears use the quick break effectively and run one of the faster paces in the ASUN and rank in the top 30 in the country in terms of pace.

Friday’s opponent Niagara faces the Bears with a 2-0 record after losing games to Maryland and Bucknell. The Purple Eagles both lost by double digits and gave up great second halves, topping them by 29 points in two games.

Niagara is led by junior guard Braxton Bayless, who is averaging a team-high 10.5 points per game. He also leads the Purple Eagles with seven assists and is second on the team with 10 rebounds and two steals.

On Saturday, Central Arkansas will play its second game of the Challenge, taking on Riders 1-1. Last time out, the Broncs defeated the College of New Jersey to secure their first win of the season with an 87-50 final. The Broncs allowed just six players from TCNJ to score and combined a strong defense that forced 17 turnovers with a highly efficient offense that scored 87 points on 50.7 percent shooting while committing just four turnovers.

Rider has been incredibly efficient from across the arc this season, hitting 48 percent of his three-pointers in two games. In fact, all three players who have hit multiple three-pointers for the Broncs shoot over 50 percent from three, led by leading scorer Dwight Murray Jr., who downed five of his seven three-pointers for a staggering 71.4 percent. Murray is averaging 17.5 points per game across two competitions.

Friday’s game is scheduled for 10:00 CT, while Saturday’s game is even earlier at 5:00 CT. Due to technical difficulties across the pond, both games have been moved to ESPN+. Stream links and live stats links are available on the men’s basketball schedule page.

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