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NU draws Canisius as first-round opponent

The Niagara men's basketball team had its four-game conference winning streak snapped at Marist in an 89-77 defeat on Sunday in its regular season finale.

The defeat, combined with Siena's 86-75 win over Canisius, dropped the Purple Eagles into a tie for sixth place with the Saints.

Because Niagara (13-18, 8-10 MAAC) lost out in the tie breaker, it is the seventh seed in the MAAC Tournament, and will play in the first round against Canisius (5-24, 1-17) on Friday at 9:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

NU, which has come back from large deficits for wins throughout the season, was unable to rally against Marist.

"The right team won today -- the team that deserved to win, won the game," head coach Joe Mihalich said. "They [Marist] went out there and earned it right from the get-go. They played harder, played better and made things happen. I just told our team, in life you get what you deserve and we got just what we deserved today."

Niagara's Juan'ya Green, who finished with 30 points for his third 30-point game of the season, had a game-high six assists and a team-high four steals. Green's first steal two minutes into the game set the school's freshman single-season record of 53, which was previously held by Ronnell Felton.

Harold Washington scored 27 points and Alshwan Hymes added 19 for Canisius in the loss to Siena.

The Saints dominated inside, outrebounding Canisius, 45-29, and outscoring the Golden Griffins, 40-28, in the paint.

The Saints held Canisius to 30.3-percent shooting in the first half (10 of 33) and led, 46-29, at halftime. They then opened the second half on an 8-3 run and led by double digits throughout most of the rest of the way.