Canisius (3-6) pushed hard all the way, but couldn’t catch up, and Kent State walked off with an 84-77 victory over the Golden Griffins on Saturday night in Kent, Ohio. The game was an early-round game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
A career-high 25-point performance by Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) kept the Griffs in the game most of the way.
The last Canisius lead was 30-28 after a three-point shot by Adam Weir with five minutes left in the first half. The game was tied at 36 before the Golden Flashes went off to a 40-36 lead at the break.
In the second half, Canisius was as close as four points, 65-61 with 5:22 left and 75-71 with 1:11 to go but was unable to make it all the way back.
Crumpton made 11 of his 15 shots after an 8-for-9 start. Sophomore Kassius Robertson had 13 points for the Griffs and Phil Valenti had 12 before fouling out after only 20 minutes of action.
Kellon Thomas led Kent with 17 points. Jimmy Hall had 15 for the Mid-American Conference Golden Flashes (7-2).
Niagara men lose in OT
At the Gallagher Center in Lewiston, sophomore forward Trevon Woods drove the baseline and scored with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to give LIU-Brooklyn an 80-79 win over Niagara before 1,077.
Woods’ basket capped an uphill battle for the Blackbirds, who overcame a 65-56 deficit after Niagara had a 13-2 run in the second half. A layup by Marvin Prochet had given Niagara its nine-point lead with 6:47 left. The Purple Eagles couldn’t maintain the advantage, however.
Niagara tied it at the end of regulation on a layup by Dominic Robb with 8.9 seconds to play.
In the overtime, LIU took a 78-76 lead on a rebound basket by Jerome Frink with 59 seconds left. Niagara tied it when Matt Scott made two free throws with 53 seconds remaining. Scott made one of two free throws with 13.2 seconds left for a 79-78 Niagara lead, and that left the door open for LIU. Martin Hermannsson found Woods open in the left corner and he made his drive to the winning basket.
Scott and Emile Blackman each had 22 points for Niagara, and Robb had 10. Aakim Saintil had 21 points and Hermannsson 17 for the Blackbirds.
Bona women win 7th in row
Led by another standout performance by sophomore Miranda Drummond, St. Bonaventure scored a 70-60 victory over Penn State (4-6) on Saturday afternoon in the Reilly Center.
It was the seventh win in a row for Bona (8-2) and it was all the more impressive because two of the victories came without scoring and rebounding leader Katie Healy.
The senior from Lancaster was back in the starting lineup for the first time since she returned from an ankle injury and scored 19 points and grabbed five rounds in Saturday’s victory. Healy had a team-high seven assists.
In their last game before exam break, the Bonnies were cheered on by a crowd of 884.