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Canisius can’t complete big road comeback

Canisius’ women’s basketball team came all the way back from 19 points down against Fairfield on Friday night. But the Stags had just enough to pull out a 63-57 victory in Alumni Arena in Fairfield, Conn., Friday night.

Senior Jen Morabito led Canisius (7-12, 3-7 MAAC) with 16 points while sophomore Crystal Porter scored 15 points, a career best.

In today’s action, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team is coming off its best defensive performance of the season, at least in terms of points allowed. The Bonnies will look for another such effort tonight.

Bona hits the road to take on Duquesne in Pittsburgh (7 p.m., SNY, Radio 95.7 FM).

The Bonnies are coming off a win over La Salle on Wednesday in which they held the Explorers to 51 points. La Salle shot 15 for 50 from the field in that game.

The Dukes can score, but they’ve had trouble slowing conference opponents. Atlantic 10 teams are averaging almost 80 points per game against Duquesne this season. On offense, the Dukes are led by Ovie Soko, who is averaging more than 17 points per game.

Speaking of road trips, the University at Buffalo continues its traveling with a game at Northern Illinois (2 p.m., Radio 1270 AM). The Bulls have lost two of three after winning four in a row.

UB took the first meeting of the season against the Huskies, a 67-46 decision in Buffalo on Jan. 8. Will Regan had 15 points to lead the Bulls.

Northern Illinois has lost three in a row, and has dropped eight straight games to UB in the series.

In women’s basketball, St. Bonaventure had a nice win against Rhode Island on Wednesday night. Now the Bonnies are set to finish the road trip with a game in Richmond.

Katie Healy continues to lead Bona in scoring at 15.6 points per game. In conference play, she is even better at 18.7 points per game. That’s second in the Atlantic 10.

Niagara has one of its biggest tests of the season, playing perennial powerhouse Marist in the Red Foxes’ home in Poughkeepsie. Marist is 14-5 on the season, 8-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. It has won its last three games, including a 15-point triumph at Niagara last week.

The Purple Eagles haven’t beaten Marist since 2010. They have won three of their last five.