Siena's 18-game winning streak against conference opponents ended at the same place where the Saints suffered their last MAAC setback: at Niagara.
Late last season, Feb. 27, 2009, Niagara handed Siena a 100-85 defeat at the Taps Gallagher Center.
Fifty weeks and 18 consecutive Siena victories over league opponents later, the Purple Eagles turned in a similarly dominating effort with an 87-74 victory over the Saints before a supportive, raucous sell-out crowd on their home court.
What does it mean?
Tangibly, too not much. Siena had the regular-season championship already secured.
For Niagara, now 7-8 in conference play, it's another win closer to finishing in the top six in the conference standings and avoiding the play-in round of the MAAC's post-season tournament.
Otherwise, it meant plenty.
It not only ended Siena's streak agaisnt conference foes but snapped a 15-game overall run of success by the Saints that was the longest nationally.
It also put a significant blemish on the Saints' hopes for an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament should they fail to win the conference's post-season event. Just an uneducated guess here, but Siena probably now needs to run the table, including a victory at Butler on Feb. 20th, to stay in contention for an NCAA at-large invite.
It also means Siena, now 14-1 in MAAC play, won't become just the second team ever to win its 15 conference games and won't become the third team to go through the regular season without a loss.
So, it's still safe to consider the current Siena group among the better teams in MAAC history, but simiarly correct to assume those La Salle teams of two decades ago, particularly the 1989-90 team, continue to stand above all others.
Maybe coincidentally, current Niagara coach Joe Mihalich was a La Salle assistant coach during the Exporers' stretch of MAAC domination.
And, now, Mihalich's Purple Eagles have put a late-season demolition on Siena for the second straight year.
Senior guard Tyrone Lewis led all scorers with 24 points for Niagara, while senior forward Kashief Edwards added a career-high 20 points and senior forward Bilal Benn had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Siena's junior center Ryan Rossiter finished with 23 points, but 15 of those came in the final 10 minutes, all after Niagara had extended its lead to 17 points.
Niagara seemingly scored at will in the contest, hitting 54.1 percent of its shots, while Siena struggled against the hosts' quickness and managed just 42 percent shooting from the field.
The winners appeared, at least from a seat in front of the 42-inch screen, to play with noticeably more intensity than the Saints on this particular night.
Of course the initial reaction is to assume this is the type jump-start victory that could propel Niagara to similar success in the post-season tournament.
But, that remains to be seen.
After Niagara earned its late-season lopsisded victory over Siena at the end of the 2008-09 season it did advance for a rematch in the MAAC tournament's championship game.
But Siena won that, 77-70.