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Niagara, UB lose on road

The high-powered Niagara offense ran into a stingy defense Sunday afternoon.

After upsetting Marist in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Friday, the Purple Eagles lost at Fairfield, 68-56.

Meanwhile, the University at Buffalo dropped its fourth straight game, 89-76, at Eastern Michigan.

In Connecticut, Fairfield used a 14-7 run to take a 27-16 lead with 5:24 remaining in the first half. But Niagara answered with a 9-2 run that cut the deficit to four points at 29-25. Fairfield scored the final five points of the half and led, 34-25, at intermission.

The Stags stretched that lead to 52-35 in the second half and never let Niagara back into the game.

The Purple Eagles had scored 80-plus points in nine straight games and entered the game averaging 82.7 points in conference games.

Clif Brown posted his 10th double-double of the season for Niagara, scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Charron Fisher added 14 for the Purple Eagles, who shot just 33 percent from the field, including 29 percent in the first half.

With the loss, Niagara falls to 11-11 overall and 6-5 in the MAAC.

Anthony Johnson led Fairfield (8-15, 6-5 MAAC) with 16 points while Mike Van Schaick added 14. The Stags shot 46 percent from the field for the game.

In Ypsilanti, Mich., the Eagles built on a 37-35 halftime lead by opening the second half with an 11-0 run. Yassin Idbihi hit two free throws with 14:33 remaining to pull Buffalo within 49-43. The Eagles responded by scoring 28 of the next 38 points to go up, 77-53, with 6:25 left. The Bulls never challenged the rest of the way.

There were six lead changes and six ties in a first half in which the teams combined for 22 turnovers in the half, including 13 by Buffalo.

Eric Moore led the Bulls with 22 points on a 7-of-12 night from the field with three three-pointers. Idbihi had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Max Boudreau had 11 points for UB (9-11, 1-6 Mid-American Conference).

Eastern Michigan (8-12, 3-4 MAC) shot nearly 53 percent from the field and hit 11 of its 23 three-point attempts.

The 89 points were the most scored by Eastern Michigan since scoring 89 against Cleveland State on Dec. 23, 2004.

Carlos Medlock led the Eagles with a career-high 26 points, including 4 for 8 from three-point range.

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