LEWISTON, N.Y. - The Niagara Purple Eagles will host their first two home games of 2012 on Friday night against MAAC rival St. Peter's.
The Purple Eagles are 6-11 on the season and 1-4 in conference play. Niagara just finished a three game MAAC road trip that included back-to-back tough losses at Iona and Siena.
Joe Milhalich's team is built around several freshman players. "Never been through it before, it's fun it's exciting, but it's also frustrating and it's scary at times. We are going to be good, the question is when," said Mihalich.
Five freshman are part of Purple Eagles' regular rotation this season. Leading the way is Juan'ya Green who's scoring 19.1 points a game. "I just think I work so hard at practice, so I think it just comes easy to me," said Green.
Green is the second highest scoring freshman in the nation and ranks 27th in the country in scoring overall.
"He does things you don't teach or talk about, it's just instinctive and that's what the really good ones have the basketball IQ," said Mihalich.
It's more than just Green producing for Niagara. Currently the freshman and sophomore classes account for 89 percent of Niagara's scoring. While the young players are talented, the final results have been inconsistent. "It's difficult sometimes in some situations of the game we might not make the right play," said Green. "I think all in all for the whole season we're getting better at that."
The Purple Eagles hope to start clicking soon. Niagara will play four of it's next six games at the Gallagher Center. Tip-off against St. Peter's is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on Friday. Niagara will host Marist at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.