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Griffs, Bonnies post conference road wins

Canisius still has about a month of basketball left in its season, but the Golden Griffins have already made sure their campaign will be a record-setting one.

The Griffs defeated Siena, 65-58, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in Loudonville for their 10th straight road win, the longest such streak ever for a Canisius women's team.

Canisius, fresh off Friday night's huge win at three-time MAAC champion Marist, avoided a letdown against the Saints (9-12, 8-4) by using a 24-9 run over the final 9:47 to overcome an eight-point deficit.

Brittane Russell scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to keep Canisius (18-6, 10-3) within striking distance.

Ellie Radke's layup ignited the Griffs' closing run, which included three-pointers by J.J. Williams, Micayla Drysdale (14 points) and Amanda Cavo (10 points). Cavo's trey with 3:41 left broke a 51-51 tie and put the Griffs ahead for good.

Canisius remained in third place behind Marist (21-3, 12-2) and Fairfield (16-8, 11-2).

Fairfield eked out a 66-65 double overtime win over Niagara (1-23, 0-13). Stephanie Geehan banked in an eight-footer with 11 seconds left to provide the decisive points for the Stags.

Taryn Johnson preserved the win by blocking a three-point try by Liz Flooks (19 points) just before the buzzer to send NU to its 21st straight loss.

Niagara forced overtime on Ali Morris' runner with four seconds left. Flooks' jumper with 25 seconds left forced the second overtime. The game featured 13 ties and 11 lead changes with neither side leading by more than five points.

"It almost makes it worse losing this way, when you give it all you got and it's not good enough," NU coach Kendra Faustin said.

In Philadelphia, St. Bonaventure outscored Atlantic 10-host Saint Joseph's, 42-29, in the second half to earn a 64-52 win. Dana Mitchell led the Bonnies (17-6, 6-2) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Bona limited the Hawks (10-13, 2-6) to 18-of-59 shooting in holding a foe below 56 points for the fourth time in five games.

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