NEW YORK -- Antoine Mason scored a career-high 39 points as Niagara held on to beat Brown 68-65 on Sunday.
Mason shot 11 of 25 from the floor (44 percent), and made 14 of 17 from the free-throw line. Niagara (4-9) made just 21 of 65 shots (32 percent) but went 22 of 27 from the line.
Mason, who leads the nation in scoring with an average of 28.3 points a game, scored more than 30 points for the eighth time this season. His 39 points are the most made by a Purple Eagle in seven seasons.
Sean McGonagill scored six straight points for the Bears in the final minute and finished with 19 points and five 3-pointers. Brown (6-5) turned the ball over 25 times, 13 in the second half. The Bears have lost their last three, and all of their losses have come by a margin of six points or less.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.