Junior forward Sara Hinriksdottir matched her career high with 29 points and was largely responsible for Canisius pulled out a 52-49 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Saint Peter's Monday night at the Koessler Athletic Center.
Saint Peter's tied for last place in the MAAC with a 1-11 record coming in, looked like an easy mark for the Golden Griffins. Canisius led 40-26 with 46 seconds left in the third quarter. The lead didn't hold up.Z
The Griffs went scoreless for 6 minutes and 26 seconds while the Peahens were on a 16-0 run.
Hinriksdotter finally ended the drought with a pair of free throws for 42-all tie. Then she hit a three to put the Griffs back in front to stay.
In all, the native Icelander scored 11 of the 12 Canisius points in the final quarter and nailed down the victory by making four straight free throws in the last nine seconds.
She also had two blocked shots a defensive rebound and assist in the fourth quarter.
The victory evened Canisius' MAAC record at 6-6, good enough for a tie for fifth place with Niagara and Rider and a half game behind Fairfield at 6-5. Finishing in the first five in the conference regular season means having a bye out of the first round of the MAAC playoffs.
Hinriksdottir made 9 of 22 field goal attempts (3 of 7 from three-point range) and was 8 for 9 on free throws. She also had seven rebounds and two steals. Anna Sweney led Canisius with nine rebounds.
Haley D'Alonzo led Saint Peter's with 12 points including a three that brought the Peahens to within one, 50-49, with 4 seconds forcing Hinriksdottir to sink two clutch free throws with 0:02 left. Zoe Pero had 10 for the losers.
Canisius faces a rugged road trip this weekend at first place and Quinnipiac (13-0 in the MAAC) on Friday and Marist (10-2) on Sunday afternoon.
University at Buffalo (17-6, 9-1 MAC) at Central Michigan (15-8, (4-6 MAC): If the Bulls are to extend their string of victories over MAC West teams to 12, they better stay out of foul trouble. UB the most foul-prone team in the conference will be facing a Chippewas team that leads the MAC in free throw accuracy, shooting 80.5 percent at the line.
UB is coming off a home victory over Western Michigan. Despite the record, Central coached by Keno Davis, is a dangerous opponent. The Chippewas won their last game at Ohio U. CMU, like UB presents a well-balanced offense. It's led by Shawn Roundtrree who is averagin 15 ppg and has 95 assists.
Keno Davis, is the son of Dr. Tom Davis, who coached at Lafayette, Boston College, Iowa and Drake. AT B.C., one of his players was current St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt.