The Canisius men (17-9, 11-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) will attempt to move back into a tie for first place in the conference when they take on Fairfield (10-14, 5-8 MAAC) tonight at 7 in the Koessler Athletic Center at 7 p.m.
The Golden Griffins trail Rider (12-2 MAAC) by a half-game. The teams will meet on Sunday afternoon in Lawrenceville, N.J. but
Canisius can’t afford to look past the Stags.
Fairfield had won three in a row over Iona, Monmouth and Siena before their Saturday loss at Niagara. The Stags have three-point shooters in Tyler Nelson and Ferron Flavors Jr. to be a dangerous opponent. Nelson, a senior who was forecast to be the MAAC Player of the Year in the preseason coaches poll, is the top scorer in the MAAC at 21.6. IN MAAC games it’s 22.1 The Stags defeated the Griffs, 58-55, here last season on a three by Nelson at the buzzer. Nelson and Flavors rank first and third in the conference in three-pointers made. Combined they have drilled 142.
This will be the only meeting of the teams in this regular season. In 2016-17 the teams split with each winning on the other’s home court.
VCU 77, St. Bonaventure 75 (OT): Mariah Ruff scored 30 points including the basket that sent the game to overtime, but the Bonnies (7-18, 2-10 A-10) dropped their sixth straight Atlantic 10 Conference game in Richmond, Va.
Bona played without coach Jesse Fleming, who was ill. Assistant Andrea Mulcahy ran the team in his absence.
Ruff scored a layup with 12 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 69-all. The Bonnies were leading, 72-69, after a basket by Arielle Harvey with 3:04 left in the overtime. However, they did not score until Ruff hit a three with 0:02 left.
VCU went in front to stay, 74-72 on a three by Nyra Williams with 0:41 left. The Rams added three throws to establish a five-point margin before Ruff’s final basket.
Ruff had nine assists in addition to her scoring. Mckenna Maycock had 15 points and eight rebounds and Emily Calabrese had 11 rebounds for Bona. Taya Robinson led VCU (6-18, 3-9 A-10) with 18 points.
Marist 58, Canisius 47: The shooters were hot and cold, mostly cold at times in the Red Foxes’ victory before 1,783 at the McCann Center in Poughkeepsie on Sunday afternoon.
The Griffs (8-17, 6-8 MAAC) led, 13-11, in the first quarter then went 6 minutes and 10 seconds without scoring as Marist took the lead for good. The Foxes (16-10, 12-2) led, 18-13, at the quarterback but the two teams combined scored only 11 points in the second quarter leading to a 22-20 halftime advantage. There was a stretch in the second quarter when neither side scored for more 3:38.
Freshman Danielle Sanderlin was high scorer for Canisius with 18 points. She also had 10 rebounds. Sara Hinriksdottir had 13 ppoints for the Griffs.
Four player scored in double-figures for Marist led by Rebekah Hand’s 15 points.
Canisius shot 30 percent (15 of 50) on its field goal attempts while Marist hit 40 percent (22 of 55). Combined the teams shot only 24.3 percent (9 of 37) from three-point range.