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KLICK'S FREE THROWS ALLOW PURPLE EAGLES TO SHOCK SIENA

Niagara University's women's basketball team turned in the upset of the season so far Friday night in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The Purple Eagles of coach Bill Agronin came from seven points down in the final 3:21 to pin a 69-67 MAAC defeat on Siena College in a game played in Loudonville. Sheryl Klick made a pair of free throws with 8 seconds to play to give Niagara the victory. It was the first league loss for coach Gina Castelli's Saints (11-6, 8-1).

NU (5-12, 3-6) trailed, 64-57, after a pair of free throws by Siena's Colleen Herden with 3:21 to go. A three-point basket by Meaghan Coleman and four straight free throws produced a tie at 64. A three-point play by Amy Getman of Niagara soon after that tied the game again at 67.

Getman finished with 29 points for the Purple Eagles. Klick had 12 and Douglasse Sieber had 10. Sacha Baker led Siena with 18; Saints star Melanie Halker was held to 13.

Elsewhere, Canisius (6-11, 4-5) dropped a 97-79 MAAC decision at Fairfield (8-9, 4-5). Jill Wilson led the Griffs with 18 points. Kelley Hayes and Shauna Geronzin scored 13 each and Tricia Breznitsky 12.

MEN'S HOCKEY: Air Force (11-13-1) handed Niagara (11-7-2) its third loss in the last six games, 4-1, in Colorado Springs, Col. The Falcons built a 3-0 lead on a first-period goal by Derek Olson, a second-period tally by Kirk Zerkel and a power-play goal by Justin Kieffer at 0:28 of the third. Kyle Martin's eighth goal got Niagara on the board at 7:32 of the third before Kieffer clinched the win with an empty-net score. Niagara goalie Greg Gardner had 22 saves; Marc Kielkucki had 26 saves for the Falcons.

Elsewhere, the second goal of the game by Todd Nowicki (Tonawanda) with 1:50 left was the game-winner as Buffalo State defeated Hobart, 4-3, in Geneva. Anthony Rizzi and Steve Schilkey also scored for the Bengals.

Host Penn State (19-1) defeated Erie CC, 3-1, in the first round of the Nittany Lions' own tournament in State College, Pa. Rich Panaro (Lafayette) had the ECC goal. Brian Tefft made 48 saves as the Kats were outshot, 51-20.

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