Canisius first-year women's basketball coach Terry Zeh earned his first career victory Saturday as the Golden Griffins spoiled the home opener of defending Patriot League champion Colgate, 78-75.
Junior Becky Zak scored eight of her 14 points in the final 2:51 to lead four players in double figures for Canisius (1-2) in a win before 244 at Cotterell Court in Hamilton. Sophomore Megan Lyte (7-of-11 shooting) had 15 points while Cheri Wittlieb (four three-pointers) added 14. Sophomore Jessie Lamparski had 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Canisius led Colgate (1-3) by as many as eight in the second half. Colgate senior forward and captain Emily Braseth (18 points, nine rebounds) reached the 1,001-point mark as she pulled the Raiders (1-3) within 72-71 with 40 seconds left, but Zak went 4 of 4 from the free throw line to ensure the Canisius win.
At the Best Western Roundball Classic hosted by South Florida in Tampa, Eastern Michigan (3-0) scored a 62-53 victory over Niagara (1-2) in the first round. Niagara sophomore guard Shaunna Ambrose had 20 points and seven assists and sophomore Toni Smalley scored 13 while senior guard Eva Cunningham was held to nine points on 4-of-14 shooting. The Purple Eagles drew to within 50-48 with 5:23 to play but were outscored, 8-2, over the next 3:16. Niagara will face St. Francis (NY) in today's consolation game at noon.
Marist used a 17-6 run over the final 6:23 to earn a 56-52 win over St. Bonaventure in front of 312 in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies (1-2) had a 46-39 lead before the Red Foxes (1-1) used a 10-2 run to take a one-point lead (49-48) with 2:59 to play. Senior forward Tory Vyborny led Bona with a career-high 20 points.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Canisius (6-6-1) had its three-game winning streak snapped by No. 14 Cornell, 3-0, at Lynah Rink in Ithaca. Cornell goalie David McKee made 13 saves for the shutout while the Big Red scored in the second and third periods before adding an empty-net goal with 1:10 left.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Edmund Rainey (Riverside) had 24 points and 12 rebounds while Darius Corbett (Traditional) had 22 points as Erie Community College beat Lorain (Ohio), 118-78, in the Columbus State Tournament. ECC (4-2) faces familiar foe Genesee CC today at 2 p.m.
WRESTLING: Junior Harold Sherrell finished second at 197 pounds as the University at Buffalo had three wrestlers place at Lock Haven University's Mat Town Tournament. Sophomores Mark McKnight (125) and Pat Lloyd (149) both took fifth.