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Loyola outscores visiting Niagara

In an offensive showdown in Baltimore, Niagara's men's basketball team came up a bit short.

Despite pushing the game into overtime, the Purple Eagles failed to convert in the final seconds, dropping a 96-95 decision to Loyola in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Friday night.

With 1:45 left to play in regulation, Lorenzo Miles hit two free throws to put Niagara up, 83-82. Marquis Sullivan nailed a three-pointer with 1:31 left for an 85-83 Loyola lead.

Miles missed two free throws with six seconds left, but Tyrone Lewis had a tip-in with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, Niagara went up, 95-93, when Lewis hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds left, but the Greyhounds got an offensive rebound on their next possession and Gerald Brown buried a three-pointer with 20 seconds left for the 96-95 lead.

Clif Brown missed a jumper in the final seconds.

Charron Fisher led Niagara (8-9, 3-3 MAAC) with 28 points while J.R. Duffey added 20.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Shaunna Ambrose became the 19th player to reach 1,000 points to help Niagara down Rider, 71-51, at the Gallagher Center. Ambrose finished with a game-high 18 points for the Purple Eagles (10-6, 2-3 MAAC).

Niagara broke a 32-32 tie in the second half with a 9-0 run. Then a 10-1 burst gave the Purple Eagles a healthy 51-36 lead.

Michelle Manfredi recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Chantelle Wilson and Jennifer McNamee each added 12 points.

Meanwhile in Olean, St. Bonaventure jumped out to a 7-0 lead and trailed by only three at halftime before succumbing to Temple, 73-55, at the Reilly Center.

Bona shot 52.2 percent in the first half behind the boisterous Kids' Day crowd of 1,523 and trailed by just 33-30 after the lead changed six times.

Temple (12-4, 2-0 Atlantic 10) posted a game-changing 19-4 run to take a commanding 52-34 lead early in the second half. The Owls shot 62.5 percent after halftime and Bona could never quite recover.

The Bonnies (10-7, 0-2) had three players score 10 points -- Dana Mitchell, Audrey Latendresse and Ashley Edwards.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Trailing by 3-0 in the first period, Niagara scored five straight goals for a 5-3 win over Robert Morris at Dwyer Arena.

Emilie Castonguay scored late in the first for Niagara (6-12-5, 2-1 College Hockey America), then, in a 20-second span midway through the second, Chelsea Donovan and Mary McKinnon scored to tie the game at 3-3.

Mallory Yorkson scored the game-winner with 48 seconds left in the third.

Allison Rutledge made 13 saves as Niagara held a 47-16 advantage in shots.

MEN'S HOCKEY: Carl Hudson ripped a shot from the left point 1:12 into overtime to give Canisius a 4-3 win over Connecticut. Chris Forsman had four points, scoring the Golden Griffins' third goal. Joey Coccimiglio and Michael Cohen (power play) gave Canisius (6-15-1, 6-10-1 Atlantic Hockey) an early 2-0 lead. Andrew Loewen recorded 25 saves in the win.

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