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Canisius finally wins on the road

Canisius College saved the best until last to put an end to its futility on the road Friday night.

Kevin Downey's three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in regulation forced overtime and the Golden Griffins dominated St. Peter's in the extra five minutes to score a 91-84 victory before 2,712 in the Yanitelli Center.

The Griffs' third win in four starts snapped a five-game road skid and overcame a 43-point performance by St. Peter's senior Keydren Clark, who ran his career total to 2,942 points -- ninth on the NCAA all-time list -- in his final home appearance. It was the first 40-point game by a Griffs opponent since Fairfield's Chris Rivers netted 40 in 2001.

"We knew KeeKee [Clark] was going to be the best player out there," said Canisius coach Mike MacDonald. "Our thing was to try and keep the other guys from scoring."

St. Peter's (13-14 overall, 8-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) seemed firmly in charge with a 67-62 lead with 19 seconds left in regulation.

Then the Griffs' Chuck Harris was fouled while making a layup with 12.4 seconds left and made his free throw to cut the margin to two points. After the Peacocks' Kaimondre Owes made a free throw, Canisius got the ball with 9.9 seconds left before Downey's game-tying (68-68) trey.

In overtime, the Griffs scored the period's first six points on Joe Young's three-pointer and Wilson's conventional three-point play after his eighth steal of the game, one short of a school record. Canisius (8-18, 6-11) extended the lead to 10 points (83-73) after Jon Popofski sandwiched three-pointers around a trey by Downey.

Downey and Harris finished with 20 points each. Young had a career-high 14, all after intermission.

Kevin Spann, who fouled out when he sent Harris to the line for his crucial free throw, scored 13 points and was the Peacocks' only other double-figure scorer.

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