The Niagara men's basketball team had two streaks end Saturday during its 92-70 loss to Vermont at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt.
The Purple Eagles' three-game winning streak came to an emphatic halt against the America East conference leader. Their five-game winning streak in the BracketBuster event also ended as the Catamounts (19-10) bolted to an early 23-7 lead and then outscored NU, 21-7, over the final 6:34 to take a 52-29 halftime lead.
Antoine Mason led Niagara (12-17) with 20 points, while Malcolm Lemmons added a career-high 17 on 6-of-10 shooting, but that wasn't enough to overcome a Vermont crew that had five players reach double figures. Four McGlynn had 20 points to lead the Catamounts, while Matt Glass had 19, Clancy Rugg 15, Luke Apfeld 14 and Brendan Bald 11.
Vermont outrebounded the Purple Eagles, 42-22, and converted 20 of 22 free throws. The lead never dipped below 18 during the second half.
Mason, the red-shirt freshman, now has seven games in which he's scored at least 20 points. Freshman Juan'ya Green finished with 12 points for the Purple Eagles, who return to action at 8 p.m. Friday at Saint Peter's in the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.
UB women lose again
The University at Buffalo women had a second half to forget and dropped a 66-50 decision to Miami (Ohio) in Mid-American Conference action at Alumni Arena.
UB led by a point at halftime but the RedHawks opened the second half with a 10-4 run to take the lead for good. Miami outscored UB, 36-19, in the final 20 minutes. Kirsten Olowinski's huge 22-point, 19-rebound effort led the way for the RedHawks (19-7, 9-4), while Maggie Boyer added 13. Olowinski had 14 points during a second half in which her team shot 42.3 percent while limiting the Bulls to 6-of-26 shooting (23.1 percent).
Buffalo (7-20, 2-11) lost its third in a row and sixth of its last seven games. Brittany Hedderson led the Bulls with 13 points.
The Bulls host Kent State on Tuesday night at 7.
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference power Marist looks to clinch the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament when it visits the Niagara women at the Gallagher Center at 2 p.m.
The Red Foxes (19-7, 14-1) beat NU by 19 points last month in Poughkeepsie and once again appear to be the team to beat in the MAAC, led by senior guard and preseason conference Player of the Year candidate Corielle Yarde's 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and senior forward Brandy Gang's 11.8 ppg. The Red Foxes have won six straight conference championships.
Niagara (10-17, 7-8) has won three of its last five. Kayla Stroman leads NU with 10.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Canisius (12-14, 6-9) will try to do Marist a favor and take down Fairfield at 2 p.m. The Stags (19-7, 12-3) trail Marist by two games in the standings with three to play and lost the season series to the Red Foxes. Ashley Durham leads the Golden Griffins at 12.1 ppg and has averaged six assists in the past six games at the Koessler Center.