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Niagara tops Quinnipiac in MAAC opener

Mike Scott had 20 points and Emile Blackman had 18 as Niagara opened the Metro Atlantic portion of its schedule with a 70-67 win over Quinnipiac at the Gallagher Center on Friday night.

The Purple Eagles had a few anxious moments in the final minutes of the game, but never trailed in the home stretch. Justin Satchell’s jumper with 31 seconds left put Niagara ahead by five points to wrap up the win.

Good shooting gave the Eagles a boost on the night. They shot 27 of 47 from the field, a 57.4 percentage. The Bobcats were 24 of 62 for 38.7 percent.

Niagara hosts Monmouth on Sunday afternoon.

The women’s team at Niagara wasn’t as fortunate in its MAAC opener, as the Purple Eagles dropped an 80-62 decision at Manhattan.

The Jaspers were in control of the game throughout, shooting 51.6 percent from the field (33 for 64). Tiffany Corelli had 16 points to lead Niagara, while Sam Lapszynski had 14 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Williams led Manhattan with 17 points.

Niagara plays at Monmouth on Sunday afternoon.

The Canisius women had a fruitful trip to New Jersey, beating Saint Peter’s, 60-53, in their MAAC opener. The Golden Griffins are 4-2 overall.

Jasmine Mungo made a huge contribution off the bench for Canisius. She had 14 points in 23 minutes to lead the Griffins’ scoring list. Crystal Porter added 11 for the Griffs, who play at Rider on Sunday.

Saturday’s games

It’s a doubleheader day at the Reilly Center, as both of St. Bonaventure’s basketball teams will be in action.

The action starts at 1:30 p.m., when the Bona women play Georgetown. The Bonnies will try to win their fourth straight game, and fourth on the homestand, as they take a 4-2 record into the game. Georgetown is 5-2; Bona’s next three opponents including the Hoyas have a combined record of 15-3.

The men take the court at 4 p.m., as the Bonnies take on Ohio University. Bona improved its record to 4-2 on Wednesday with a thrilling win over the University at Buffalo. Marcus Posley hit a game-winning shot with eight seconds left. The Bonnies start a three-game homestand with a game against the high-scoring Bobcats, who are averaging more than 80 points per game. Point guard Jaaron Simmons leads the way at 17.3 points and 7.3 assists per game.