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Canisius, Niagara fall; Bona wins on the road

ELON, N.C. — The Canisius College men’s basketball team saw its record fall to 3-3 following an 83-69 loss to Division II Metro State on Tuesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Dominique Raney led Canisius with 17 points and MAAC preseason Player of the Year Billy Baron was held to 15, including two three-pointers in the final 1:14. The Golden Griffins were outrebounded 32-28 and had 14 turnovers.

Metro State led by as many as 13 points at 19-6, capping a 13-2 run with 11:59 remaining in the first half. The Roadrunners were slowed by foul trouble and Canisius was able to get back into the game. The Griffs cut the lead to six points, but the Roadrunners took a 36-28 lead into halftime.

Canisius cut Metro State’s lead to 36-32 on a dunk by Raney with 19:04 left in the game, but the Roadrunners responded with a 7-0 run and Metro State’s lead was quickly back to 43-32 with 16:51 remaining. The Griffs would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

• Niagara’s losing streak reached four games with an 85-66 loss to Penn. The Quakers’ Tony Hicks scored a career-high 33 points in the teams’ first meeting since 1986.

Penn came out in front halfway through the first half, giving the Quakers an early lead that was never challenged.

The Quakers led by as many as 29 points in the second half, at one time going on a 25-9 run.

Penn easily outshot Niagara, making 34 of its 62 field goals compared to a 21-for-56 effort from the Purple Eagles. The Quakers won the rebounding battle, 43-30.

National scoring leader Antoine Mason didn’t see much help, scoring 31 of the Purple Eagles’ 66 points.

Niagara (1-5) was coming off three losses after participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic subregional hosted by Kent State last week.

• Looking to build on its 5-1 start, the St. Bonaventure men beat Wagner, 70-67, in a second-round winner’s bracket game in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.

Matthew Wright, one of four players in double figures for the Bonnies, connected for 19 points, including 3 of 5 on three-pointers, and handed out six assists.

The Bonnies held on despite being outscored 36-27 in the second half.

Youssou Ndoye added 12 points and eight rebounds. Bona shot 50 percent from the floor for the game.

Bona plays Louisiana Tech in the final tonight at 8:30.

It’s St. Bonaventure’s first in-season tournament since 2009-10, when the Bonnies participated in the Basketball Travelers Invitational at Illinois State.

Five St. Bonaventure players entered the game averaging 10 points or better.

Wright leads the way at 18.6 points followed by Charlon Kloof (11.4), Ndoye (11.2), Dion Wright (10.6) and Andell Cumberbatch (10.0).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Canisius (3-2) is at crosstown rival Buffalo (2-2) tonight at 7 in Alumni Arena. It’s Canisius’ only road game in a span of 26 days. UB hasn’t played in a week; its last start was a 78-55 loss to Duquesne.

The teams will meet for the 37th time with the Golden Griffins holding a 28-8 lead in the all-time series.

Canisius defeated Buffalo, 73-57, in last year’s season opener. Buffalo defeated Canisius, 62-57, in the last meeting (Dec. 7, 2011) between the teams at Alumni Arena. Buffalo has won two of the last three after a seven-game Canisius winning streak in the series.

• Niagara, coming off of its first win of the season, will play at Oakland in Rochester, Mich., tonight starting at 7.

In its last start, a 69-53 decision against Binghamton, junior Val McQuade scored a career-best 18 points along with Meghan McGuinness’ 14 points.

The Golden Grizzlies (0-5) are still looking for their first win.

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