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Griffs, NU suffer close losses

It was a round of close losses for Canisius and Niagara in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road games on Monday.

Niagara lost to Manhattan in an afternoon tilt while the Golden Griffins couldn't pull out a second upset of Siena.

In Albany, the Saints got 28 points from Ryan Rossiter, including two clutch free throws, for a 73-69 win. A three-pointer by Gaby Belardo gave Canisius its first lead of the game, 69-68, with 1:20 left to play, but Rossiter hit two free throws with 42.2 seconds left to give Siena the lead for good.

Belardo had a career-high 29 points for the Griffs (8-9, 2-5).

In Riverdale, Niagara took a late lead but failed to close out the deal, dropping a 51-49 decision to Manhattan.

The win snapped a 15-game Manhattan losing streak while Niagara fell to 4-15 overall and 1-6 in the MAAC.

The Purple Eagles grabbed their only lead of the second half when Marvin Jordan's 3-pointer made it 43-42 with 3:32 remaining. Malcolm Lemmons' layup increased the margin to 45-42.

Manhattan got a three-pointer from Kidani Brutus and a layup from Rhamel Brown to take the lead for good, 47-45.

Niagara had two looks in the final five seconds but Jordan's three-pointer clipped the rim and Anthony Nelson missed the put back.

Nelson led Niagara with 14 points, eight assists and five steals. Jordan added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds.

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Tonight's game

The University at Buffalo women host Bowling Green in a Mid-American Conference East Division battle at 7 p.m. in Alumni Arena (TWC13, 1340).

The Bulls (9-8, 2-2) are coming off a win at Ohio and continue to be paced by senior forward Kourtney Brown.

Brown has had back-to-back 30-point games and continues to rank nationally in scoring (22.2 ppg, seventh) and rebounding (11.9 rpg, sixth). She is just 38 points shy of Brenna Doty's school-record 1,703 career points and 28 rebounds from Janet Lilly's 982 school record.

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