Niagara won one road basketball game all of last season. Two games into this season the Purple Eagles already have a road conquest to their name.
Sophomore swingman Ramone Snowden put up a double-double, junior forward Rayvon Harris hit double figures in scoring and the Purple Eagles opened Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play Thursday night by beating Saint Peter’s, 61-59, in Jersey City, N.J.
Niagara led most of the second half only to fall behind, 59-58, on a Tyler Gaskins three with 1:23 left. The Purple Eagles answered with a Karonn Davis three 11 seconds later, and the freshman’s shot stood up through a frantic finish.
Snowden finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Harris made 7 of 9 shots from the field en route to a game-high 19 points.
It was a notable victory for Niagara, which was picked to finish last in the MAAC in the conference preseason poll. The Peacocks (0-3, 0-1) were predicted to finish fourth.
Toledo tops Bona
Toledo handed St. Bonaventure its lone home-court defeat last season. This time the Rockets took care of business on their own floor, scoring a 64-58 women’s basketball decision. Bona dropped to 2-2 with the non-conference defeat.
Hannah Little netted 12 points and Kelcie Rombach 11 for the Bonnies, who shot just 26 percent in the first half and 37 percent for the game. Katie Healy, a preseason All-A-10 selection, scored six points in 27 minutes before fouling out.
Griff netters fall
Canisius failed to produce a service ace for the first time this season and fell in three games to Siena in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Volleyball Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
UB’s game against Montana State scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Alumni Arena has been postponed as the Bobcats encountered travel difficulties coming from Wednesday night’s game at Cal State-Northridge. The schools are looking at makeup possibilities.
UB (2-1) is coming off a 74-68 victory over Texas-Arlington, a game in which sophomore guard Shannon Evans registered game-highs in points (24) and assists (five). The Bulls are scheduled to play Tuesday night at Grand Canyon.