Local college basketball teams went 1 for 3 in games on Sunday afternoon.
In the one men’s game of the day, Niagara lost to visiting Iona, 90-76. That was in spite of some heroics from Matt Scott, who had 34 points for the Purple Eagles.
It was an odd game for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rivals. The Gaels jumped to an 18-2 run after each team scored a basket in the early going. Niagara answered with a 15-0 run of its own. With the score 20-19, Siena, the teams got down to business. Iona closed with a bit of a run to take a 43-33 lead into the halftime break.
Niagara (9-18, 6-10 MAAC) scored the first five points of the second half, only to have the Gaels respond with 10 straight points. While the Purple Eagles got as close as eight in the second half, Iona put on a final 12-2 burst to wrap it up.
Scott’s total was a career high, and included 23 points in the second half. He also had seven rebounds. Marvin Prochet scored 16 points.
Niagara heads to Monmouth on Thursday.
On the women’s side, Niagara earned a 68-53 win over Marist. Kaylee Stroemple had 19 points while Victoria Rampado finished with 18.
The Purple Eagles weren’t particularly sharp in the first half, as the Red Foxes took a 31-25 lead into the locker room. But Niagara had a huge third quarter, scoring 26 points, and took a 51-43 lead. Stroemple had 11 points in that period along. The Purple Eagles stretched the lead in the fourth quarter.
Niagara (7-18, 4-12 MAAC) next hosts Siena at the Gallagher Center on Thursday night.
The Canisius women had a two-point lead at Rider after three quarters, but couldn’t hold on. The Broncs went on to a 61-50 win in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Rider piled up a 29-16 margin in the fourth quarter, which proved decisive.
Sara Hinriksdottir had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Griffins, who are 8-18 overall and 7-9 in the MAAC. It’s the first double-double of her career.
Canisius hosts Saint Peter’s on Thursday at 7 p.m.