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Canisius men win third straight

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – They’re streaking on the court.

The Canisius men’s basketball team won its third in a row and for the fourth time in five games when it methodically beat Fairfield, 64-50, before 2,360 fans at Webster Bank Arena in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Thursday night.

Canisius also improved to 7-3 in its last 10 games.

Phil Valenti’s jumper with 6:19 left in the first half gave the Golden Griffins (11-7, 6-3) the lead for good, sparking a 13-5 run to end the first half. The Griffs led at intermission, 30-23.

Canisius just kept on building on its lead, first opening with a 10-5 run and increasing it to the point where it led by 57-39 with 7:53 left on Jermaine Crumpton’s three-point play.

Valenti had a team-high 14 points as eight different players scored for the Griffs. Josiah Heath and Kassius Robertson each had 11 points in the win. Crumpton (Niagara Falls) finished with six points.

Marcus Gilbert had 18 points to lead the Stags (6-13, 4-5).

Fairfield is the 10th opponent to score fewer than 60 points against Canisius. The Griffs rank second in the MAAC in scoring defense.

They conclude their two-game road trip at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rider at Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville, N.J. The next home game will be on Jan. 30, when Quinnipiac visits the Koessler Athletic Center.

Friday’s games

• The Niagara men’s team hits the road Friday night, looking to end its six-game losing streak when it plays Monmouth at the MAC in West Long Branch, N.J. at 7 p.m.

The last tie the teams met Jan. 4, Dominique Reid had game and career-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds, his first career double-double for Niagara (8-10, 4-5).

• The Niagara women’s basketball team looks to rebound from Wednesday’s overtime loss to rival Canisius when it hosts Iona at 7 p.m. Friday at the Gallagher Center.

The Purple Eagles (8-10, 4-5) come in the game off a 66-55 overtime loss, their fourth defeat in five games.

Meghan McGuinness averages 12.0 per game to lead Niagara, while Victoria Rampado follows at 11.8 ppg.

Iona (9-8, 6-2) meanwhile comes into the game having won five of its last six.