The Canisius men cruised to their fourth victory in the last five games against visiting Holy Cross on Sunday while the UB women couldn’t overcome a spate of turnovers and fell on the road to Long Island-Brooklyn.
The Griffs (6-4) rode 16 points from Zach Lewis and another strong defensive effort to a 67-48 win over Holy Cross at the Koessler Athletic Center. UB, meanwhile, saw its four-game winning streak snapped by the Blackbirds, 79-72,
Lewis, a sophomore guard, paced Canisius at both ends of the floor by scoring in double figures for the third straight game while producing seven of Canisius’ 12 steals. Jamal Reynolds contributed 10 points for Canisius, which shot 43.6 percent from the field, including 8 of 18 from behind the arc. The Griffs also were 11 of 12 from the line.
The Griffs clung to 24-18 halftime advantage and led by just 33-31 before pulling away over the final 13 minutes. They settled the issue with a 17-1 run that commenced with Kassius Robertson’s layup, concluded with two Jermaine Crumpton free throws and included consecutive baskets by Lewis that made it 42-31. Lewis also had two of his steals during the burst.
“This is one of the best wins I’ve been associated with here, especially with such a young team,” said Canisius coach Jim Baron. “We were really concerned with this game coming into today. Holy Cross is a good team that has some good upperclassmen and they really pressure you from the tip.”
Holy Cross (5-4) of the Patriot League turned the ball over 19 times while losing for the third time in the last four games. The Griffs are off until hosting Missouri-Kansas City on Dec. 30.
In Brooklyn, UB committed 23 of its season-high 34 turnovers in the first half in picking up the defeat.
LIU-Brooklyn (3-6) went ahead to stay during a 14-2 run good for a 71-60 advantage with 4:56 remaining.
UB placed four players in double figures led by Mackenzie Loesing with a game-high 17 points. Camera Miley added a career-high 16, Kristen Sharkey added 12 and Alexus Malone chipped in 10. Sharkey also came up with eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Bulls were outscored, 26-11, on free throws as the Blackbirds attempted 37 to UB’s 20.
UB returns to the floor looking to complete a sweep of Big 4 competition at Canisius on Dec. 29.
The St. Bonaventure men (7-2) return to the Reilly Center for the first time since Dec. 3 when they meet Maryland-Eastern Shore (5-8) at 7 p.m. (Radio 95.7 FM).
Bona leads the all-time series, 2-0, and has the Atlantic 10’s top rebounder and shot blocker in Youssou Ndoye. He averages 11.3 points and 2.8 blocks. The Hawks have won four of their last six.
Meanwhile, the Bona women play their final game of 2014 at Georgetown at 2 p.m. The Bonnies are 9-3 and have won eight of their last nine. The Hoyas (2-9) are on an eight-game losing streak.