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Manhattan knocks off Canisius

Another close game, another loss for the Canisius women's basketball team.

The Golden Griffins failed to hold on to a late lead and dropped a 56-55 decision to host Manhattan in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown before 575 in Draddy Gym.

Amanda LoCascio's traditional three-point play with 4.3 seconds left provided the winning points for the Jaspers (6-14, 3-6), who have won two of their last three after enduring a nine-game losing streak. She was fouled while scoring on the putback of her own miss.

Nichols graduate and 2005 Buffalo News Player of the Year Kelly Regan scored a career-high 22 points for the Jaspers on 10-of-15 shooting.

Brittane Russell led Canisius with 12 points.

Jessie Lamparski (11 points) missed a three-pointer at the buzzer for Canisius, which lost its third straight game. Lamparski canned a trey with 37 seconds left to give the Griffins a 55-53 lead.

The lead changed five times in the final 5:37, with the Griffs' biggest advantage being a 52-49 one with 3:23 left.

The Griffins (11-9, 3-6) are 2-6 in games decided by six or fewer points and this is the latest they have been below .500 in the conference since the 2001-02 season.

"We played hard and we made a great effort to get that last shot, but it wasn't enough," Griffs coach Terry Zeh said. "As a team, we need to stick together and keep playing hard."

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