Manhattan Starts Four Week Road Trip at Niagara

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2009

Barry Rorhssen has struggled on the road in his reign as head coach of the Manhattan College basketball team, so these next four weeks will not be the greatest for him.

Including a 1-1 record on the road this year, Rohrssen is 20-27 on the road since he came to Manhattan College. 

Despite having troubles against Niagara in the past, this year—especially this game—might be their turn to finish victorious. 

Niagara has struggled early on this season. Unfortunately for them, Tyrone Lewis has missed some time and has had to trim his game down to mainly shooting due to a lower leg injury.

Tyrone has mainly been shooting three pointers since his return. In the past against Manhattan, his ability to drive has allowed him to dominate the Jaspers. If the Jaspers stepped up on him, he would drive for an easy layup. If the Jaspers gave him any room, he would knock down his jump shots.

His limitations will work to Manhattan's advantage, and give the Jaspers a chance to shut him down tonight. 

Another problem for Manhattan in past meetings with Niagara has been the Purple Eagles' advantage of having a good big man. With the graduation of Benson Egemonye, Niagara no longer has that strong presence inside. 

Niagara will need contributions from Rob Garrison and Bilal Benn if they are looking for a win over Manhattan.

On the other hand, Manhattan will need to continue to use its improved, quicker offense. With the quick offense, Manhattan is able to put many more points on the board.

Niagara can score, and they will only be able to score more as Tyrone Lewis gets healthier. Manhattan will need to be able to keep up with them on defense if they look to win.

Lastly, Manhattan has struggled to defend the perimeter this year. Niagara can shoot from beyond the arc, but they are not outstanding. Most likely, they will be able to hit most open three-pointers. Manhattan must defend the perimeter.

Tip Off: Friday Dec. 4, 7 PM