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Niagara streak ends at Manhattan; UB women pick up first conference win

Niagara University's basketball streak came to an abrupt end on Sunday with a 71-64 loss at Manhattan.

The Purple Eagles had won three straight and were coming off of an impressive victory at rival Canisius on Thursday. Manhattan extended its streak to five in a row.

Antoine Mason led Niagara with 19 points and Marvin Jordan and Ameen Tanksley added 12 each.

The Jaspers built a 31-24 lead at halftime, holding Niagara to just 8 of 28 from the field (28.6 percent). The Purple Eagles finished shooting 38.3 percent (23 of 60) and were outrebounded, 38-31, by the MAAC's top team in both those categories.

George Beamon scored 24 points to lead Manhattan. He was 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, and Michael Alvarado made 11 of 12 free throws, finishing with 13 points to lead a strong foul-shooting effort by the Jaspers.

Manhattan (14-7, 6-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) made 83.3 percent of its free throws (25 of 30), including 20 of 21 in the second half.

Rider jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and never looked back as the Broncs defeated Canisius, 89-65, in Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J. The win snapped Rider's (7-14, 4-5) three-game losing skid while the Griffins slipped to 4-15 overall and 1-8 in the league.

Alshwan Hymes had 10 points for Canisius, while freshman Franklin Milian added a career-high seven points in 18 minutes off the bench. Rider outrebounded the Griffs, 50-28. Canisius freshman Josiah Heath had a team-high eight rebounds and Hymes matched a career-high with seven boards.

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>Women's basketball

The University at Buffalo held host Northern Illinois to 27.3 percent shooting in a 62-46 victory, ending a six-game losing skid and picking up its first Mid-American Conference win.

The Bulls dominated the majority of the first half after NIU scored the first point of the game on a free throw. The Bulls answered with a three-pointer and NIU would tie it up just one more time at 3-3. The Bulls responded with an 11-0 run and never looked back.

"We really challenged the team to play defense for 40 minutes after what happened on Thursday night, and they definitely responded today," said head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald. "I thought we got great energy and contributions from every player today and that was a big reason for our success."

Senior Brittany Hedderson led the way with a game-high 29 points, her sixth straight 20 point game. She went 8-for-15 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Hedderson added eight rebounds and three steals. Redshirt sophomore Nytor Longar also finished in double figures with 10 points.

The Bulls will continue play against the MAC West at home on Wednesday night as they host Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m.

*Lauren Gatto had 20 points and seven rebounds for Niagara in a 57-46 loss at Fairfield.

The Purple Eagles came out firing to start the second half taking a 34-30 lead at 15:19. Fairfield responded by holding Niagara scoreless for the next eight minutes as the Stags rolled to 41-34 advantage behind an 11-0 run. Lauren Gatto broke Niagara's drought at 7:34, but Fairfield posted eight unanswered points to extend the lead to 49-37 with 5:18 left to play.

Niagara cut the gap to six points, 50-44, on a three-pointer by Ali Morris, but Fairfield held off the Purple Eagles its 11th victory in the last 13 games.

*Iona shot 56 percent in the opening 20 minutes, building a 13-point lead and held off a late rally to defeat Canisius, 77-67, at the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle. The Golden Griffins fell to 8-11 overall and 2-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Junior Ashley Durham led Canisius with 18 points, to go along with five assists and six rebounds. Freshman Kayla Hoohuli scored 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc. Sophomore Jamie Ruttle added 12 points.