Canisius (7-10, 2-5) built an 18-point first-half lead on 53.3 percent shooting and went on to a 68-47 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Saint Peter's on Saturday afternoon in the Yanatelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.
Darnell Wilson and Chuck Harris scored 18 points each to lead the Golden Griffins, who shot 45.3 percent (24 of 53) on their field goal tries. Harris was 5 of 8 from outside the three-point arc and the Griffs were 7 of 17 overall on three-point tries.
The Griffs' used a 2-3 zone to hold the Peacocks to 28.6 percent shooting in the second half.
"Zone defense gets a bad rap sometimes, but you can see how it puts people to sleep both offensively and defensively," said Canisius coach Tom Parotta. "We did a great job of knowing where their shooters were, moving there and getting in front to contest shots."
Wilson had 12 boards as Canisius had a 45-27 advantage on the glass in handing the Peacocks (3-13, 1-5) their eighth straight loss.
Meanwhile at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C., St. Bonaventure (4-12, 1-2 Atlantic 10) dropped its second straight conference game, losing to George Washington, 80-63, before 3,636. It was GW's 22nd straight home win, the fifth longest streak in the nation.
GW's Colonials (11-4, 2-1) shot 50 percent as they led all the way. A 16-6 run in the last 5:34 of the first half gave GW a 43-30 advantage at the break. The Bonnies got no closer than eight in the second half.
A.J. Hawkins and Paul Williams scored 12 points each for Bona. Jourdan Morris had 10. Flu-ridden Maureece Rice had 14 points for the Colonials, who had a 43-31 advantage on the boards and committed only 11 turnovers.
The Bonnies have lost 13 straight at George Washington, since their last win in 1989.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Denver's Tyler Ruegsegger, who had the game winner in overtime Friday night, scored twice on the power play during a four-goal second-period eruption in a 5-2 victory over Niagara (13-8-3) to sweep their two-game series at Magness Arena in Denver. Kyle Rogers and Scott Langdon scored for Niagara.
Ruegsegger scored on the power play with 7 seconds left in overtime on Friday to give the seventh-ranked Pioneers (17-7-2) a 2-1 victory in the series opener. Juliano Pagliero made a career-high 52 saves for Niagara.
Ted Cook had the Niagara goal with assists from Sean Bentivoglio amd Les Reaney.
It ended a five-game winning streak for Niagara, which is ranked 17th in the nation in the USCHO.com/CSTV poll.
Canisius (6-16-1, 6-11-1 Atlantic Hockey) lost to Connecticut, 4-3, in Storrs, Conn. Chris Forsman, Jaymie Harrington and David Kash scored for the Griffs, who were outshot, 31-29. UConn's Ryan Hawkins broke a 3-3 tie with 4:40 left in the third period. Bryce Luker made 27 saves for Canisius.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Niagara put 39 shots on Robert Morris goalie Brianne McLaughlin but was unable to score in a 4-0 loss to the Colonials in a College Hockey America game at Dwyer Arena before 383. Alison Rutledge made 23 saves for the Purple Eagles (6-13-5, 2-2-0).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The University at Buffalo (6-10, 1-3) won its first Mid-American Conference game, defeating Akron (7-9, 0-4), 64-58, before 507 at Alumni Arena.
Freshman Kourtney Brown had 17 points to lead UB. Jessie Crooks led Akron with 26 points.