Sophomore Jamie Sherburne hit a jump shot with 21 seconds left to give Niagara women’s basketball a 56-55 upset over Fairfield Monday night in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at the Gallagher Center in Lewiston.
The Purple Eagles (3-10, 1-3 MAAC) had lost seven of their previous eight games. This time Niagara didn’t fade away after rallying from a 10-point first-half deficit.
A basket by Sherburne with 4:39 left put Niagara in front, 50-49. Baskets by Kaylee Stroemple and Sam Lapszynski boosted the margin to 54-49 but the Stags scored six in a row to go back in front. Two free throws by Samantha Cooper gave Fairfield a 55-54 lead with 1:24 left.
Lapszynski had a standout game for Niagara with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Stroemple had 16 points and Sherburne 11. Kristin Schatzlein played all 40 minutes for Fairfield and had 22 points.
At the Koessler Athletic Center, first-place Siena took the lead against Canisius early in the second half and went on to a 58-52 triumph over the Golden Griffins to run its record to 4-0 in the MAAC. Canisius is 7-6 and 2-2 after a second straight conference loss.
Canisius led 28-22 at the half, but Siena caught up at 29-all during an 8-0 run that put the Saints in front 34-29. The Griffs were never able to catch up.
Jackie Benitez led the Saints with 17 points. Crystal Porter had 12 and Lauren D’Hont 11 for Canisius.
In men’s basketball, Monmouth (10-4, 2-1) took command with a 13-0 run in the first half and went on to an 81-66 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Canisius (7-7, 2-2 MAAC) in West Long Branch, N.J.
The Griffs got as close as 10 points, 46-36, after trailing, 41-27 at the half, but never could get the margin below 10 in the second half.
Five-foot-8 point guard Justin Robinson led Monmouth with 25 points as the Hawks avenged a 96-86 loss at Canisius on Dec. 4.
Monmouth owns victories over UCLA, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Rutgers and Southern California this season under coach King Rice, who played at North Carolina.
Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) had 15 points to lead Canisius, Malcolm McMillan had 13, Kassius Robertson 12 and Paul Valenti 10 for the Griffs (7-7, 2-2 MAAC).
First-place Iona avoided an upset at the hands of Niagara (3-12, 1-3 MAAC), pulling away from the Purple Eagles in the second half for a 65-52 victory over the Purple Eagles at the Hynes Center in New Rochelle.
After trailing, 32-27, at the half, Niagara pulled even with the Gaels at 37-all with 15:39 left in the game.
Iona scored the next eight points and stayed comfortably in front the rest of the way to improve to 4-0 in MAAC play and 7-6 overall.
A.J. English led Iona with 21 points while Jordan Washington had 21.
Two freshman Marvin Prochet (11) and Dominic Robb (10) led Niagara’s scoring.