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WNY Colleges: Fairfield snaps Niagara win streak at five

Fairfield shot 59.5 percent in taking an 18-point halftime lead and went on to a 104-85 triumph at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., snapping the Purple Eagles' five-game MAAC win streak.
Niagara, which had an off game defensively, was burned by Fairfield's Tyler Nelson who had 28 points, although it took 20 field goal tries, 13 from three-point range to do it. Nelson made all 11 of his free throws.
Kahlil Dukes, playing back in his home state, led Niagara with 26 points. Matt Scott was limited to 11 however on 2 for 11 shooting. Dukes and Scott combined to make 15 of 18 free throws.
Niagara never led in the game and has now lost five in a row to Fairfield which is 7-11 overall and only 2-5 in the MAAC.
Fairfield shot 53.6 in the wide-open game while Niagara was 28 for 58 for 48.3 percent and 6 of 14 from three-point range. Fairfield had assists on 25 of its 37 baskets, 11 by guard Aidas Kavaliauskas. That was as many assists as Niagara was credited with as a team.
Niagara's winning streak was its longest since the 2012-13 season. Coach Chris Casey's team is now 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the MAAC.

Canisius women 60, Monmouth 48: Sara Hinriksdottir led the way with 22 points as the Griffs (6-13) won their third in a row and evened their MAAC record at 4-4 in West Long Branch, N.J. Hinriksdottir had 14 of her points in the first half when Canisius took a 28-23 lead. The Griffs' largest lead was 18 points with 5:05 left in the fourth quarter.

Tiana Pugh had 12 points and Margret Halfdandardottir 11 in the victory over the Hawks (4-13, 3-3 MAAC).

Niagara women 87, Saint Peter's 52: The Purple Eagles (8-11, 5-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) limited the Peahens to seven first-half baskets in 26 attempts in Jersey City, N.J. Niagara led for all but 50 seconds of the game when the score was tied.
Sophomore Jai Moore had 20 points for Niagara. MAAC scoring leader Victoria Rampado had 19 points while Jamie Sherburne and Kharysma Bryant had 11 points each. Niagara led by as many as 36 in the fourth quarter against the Peahens who are winless (0-7) in conference play and 3-15 overall.
Davidson 75, St. Bonaventure women 68: The Bonnies opened the game with an 8-0 run but the visiting Wildcats scored 20 of the next 22 points and led the rest of the way to go to 8-12 overall and 3-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Bona fell to 7-13, 2-5 in the A-10.

Davidson limited the Bonnies' Mariah Ruff to nine points on only 3 of 10 shooting. Ruff had scored in double figures in her last 10 games and was averaging 22 points in her first six conference games.
Arielle Harvey had a career high 22 points and Rhianna Council came off the bench for her career high 12 points. Bona again used only six players because of a roster depleted by injuries.

Today's game
Canisius men at Iona: First place in the conference will be at stake when the Golden Griffins (12-8, 6-1 MAAC) and Gaels (12-7, 6-1 MAAC) meet at the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle (Radio , 1 p.m.).

Canisius is coming off a 68-59 win at Manhattan on Friday night in Riverdale. The Griffs turned the ball over only 10 times in the game, something they will need to continue today to upset the Gaels.

Iona's only loss in conference play was to the Griffs, 85-78, on New Year's Eve in the Koessler Center. Defeating the Gaels at Hynes has not been an easy proposition for Canisius since joining the MAAC in 1991. The Griffs have only won their five times, the last time in 2014. One of the Canisius victories as in triple overtime in 2005.

Iona is 6-0 at home this season. The Gaels won at Monmouth, 76-73, in their last game on Friday. Junior guard Rickey Mcgill leads the Gaels with a 14.2 ppg average. E.J. Crawford a 6-6 sophomore swing man is averaging 11.7. Deyshonee Much, a 6-5, Sr. from Rochester is averaging 12.1.

Canisius men 185, Niagara 97: James Pokornowski (Canisius High) won the 1,000 (10:02) and 500 (4:53.18) freestyle races for the Golden Griffins. Dan Dirrigl (St. Joe's) swept the two butterfly events, Lucas Kennedy (Hamburg) won both breaststroke races and Greg Staebell (Williamsville South took both backstroke races for the Griffs. Kris Santos won the 1-meter diving and Travis Wright (Lake Shore) was first off the 3-meter board.
Canisius women 188, Niagara 110: Senior Rebecca Anthone (Clarence) was a triple winner in freestyle, taking the 50 (24.67), 100 (53.33) and 200 (1:56.08).
Cassie Brousseau won the 100 and 200 backstrokes, Lexi Agee was first in the 1,000 and 500 freestyles and Kelsey Childress was first in the 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke. Junior Vivian Mroz won both diving competitions.



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