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Colleges roundup: Canisius men keep good times rolling at home

The Canisius men’s basketball team started its three-game homestand with a dominating 89-65 win over Siena (7-19, 3-10) at the Koessler Athletic Center Thursday.

The Golden Griffins (16-9, 10-2) improved to 8-2 on their home floor, with the average margin of victory increasing to 13.5 points per home win.

Canisius senior Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) led all scorers with 24 points, while sophomore Isaiah Reese added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Griffs host Quinnipiac Saturday at 2 p.m. Canisius won 82-74 on Jan. 5.

Elsewhere, the Niagara women’s basketball team dropped to 9-15 and 6-7 in the MAAC with an 82-64 loss at Manhattan (9-14, 6-6). The Jaspers held a 36-27 lead at half.

NU senior Victoria Rampado, the leading scorer in the conference at 20.7 points per game coming in, was held to 16. Manhattan’s Kayla Grimme scored a game-high 28 points.

The Purple Eagles head to Monmouth for a 3 p.m. game Saturday.

Friday’s action

Canisius hockey (14-12-2, 14-8) vs. Army West Point (10-11-6, 8-8-6), 7:35 p.m. at HarborCenter. Heading into their final home series of the regular season, the Golden Griffins are tied for first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. Just six points separate Canisius and seventh place. Army is sixth. Canisius swept the Black Knights over Thanksgiving weekend, 4-3 in overtime and 3-2.

Niagara hockey (11-16-3, 10-11-3) vs. Sacred Heart (7-16-4, 5-12-4), 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer Arena. The Purple Eagles look to snap out of their 1-7-1 skid against the Pioneers. Niagara swept them in their road series, 3-2 and 6-2.

Canisius women (8-15, 6-6) at Quinnipiac (19-5, 13-0), 5 p.m. The Griffs visit the top two teams in the MAAC this weekend. Quinnipiac leads the conference in both scoring (70.6 per game) and defense (58.2) and won big in Buffalo on Jan. 26, 84-55.

Canisius then plays at Marist (14-10, 10-2) at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Red Foxes beat Canisius in the first matchup, 78-53.

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