Mason made a 3-pointer that gave Niagara a 60-56 lead and sparked a 14-5 run during which Mason hit two more to put the Purple Eagles up 70-61 with 2:59 left.
Niagara went ahead 47-40 with 14:31 left to play, but Marist took its first lead of the second half at 51-50 on Khallid Hart's layup with 9:47 to go.
The teams exchanged the lead three times and tied twice before Marcus Ware's free throw gave Niagara (6-15, 3-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) the lead for good at 57-56.
Chavaughn Lewis had 25 points to lead Marist (6-13, 3-6) which shot 28 of 52 from the floor and out-rebounded the Eagles 31-27, but couldn't overcome 16 turnovers.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.