The Canisius women's team built a 16-point second-half lead, then held off a late charge from Saint Peter's to earn a 60-56 win over the Peahens on Tuesday night.
Niagara, meanwhile, fell to 1-12 overall with a 68-38 home loss to Fairfield.
At the Koessler Athletic Center, the win was the first of the season for the Golden Griffins in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play (1-1) and gave coach Terry Zeh his 109th career win, setting a record for most wins by a Canisius women's coach. He passed Sister Maria Pares, who won 108 games in her Canisius coaching career.
The Golden Griffins (5-8) opened the second half with a 17-5 run for a 46-30 lead. Saint Peter's worked its way back into the game but Micayla Drysdale scored on a turn-around jumper and hit two free throws in the final 38 seconds to secure the win. Drysdale finished with 15 points.
"We're not sure on how to win in all different scenarios," Zeh said. "We went up 16 and took a little breath, but it's still a conference win and you take it. Playing Saint Peter's is a different style and those wins aren't pretty all the time."
In the Gallagher Center, Niagara had no answer for Katelyn Linney, who scored 27 points and made 5 of 7 from three-point range.
Chanel Johnson and Jessica Flamm each had six points for the Purple Eagles (0-2 MAAC).
The St. Bonaventure men (7-6) travel to Arkansas-Little Rock to complete the season home-and-home series with the Trojans. Bona defeated Little Rock, 77-64, on Nov. 14 in the Reilly Center.
St. Bonaventure is 2-3 over its last five games while the Trojans (8-8) have dropped back-to-back games and five of their last seven.
The University at Buffalo women begin Mid-American Conference play with a game at Akron (7-5).
The Bulls ended nonconference play with a 7-6 record, their best nonconference record since the 2007-08 season. Last year the Bulls won just seven games all season.