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Big 4 Roundup: Niagara men end seven-game losing streak

There have been many times over the past few seasons where a winnable game has slipped through the fingers of the Niagara men’s basketball team.

On Thursday night, the Purple Eagles made sure they did not have another depressing deja vu moment as they put together a game-closing 7-2 run to pull out a 63-61 triumph over Saint Peter’s at the Gallagher Center in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The victory snapped NU’s seven-game losing streak.

Matt Scott’s three-pointer with 3 minutes, 27 seconds left tied the game at 59-59 for Niagara. The score stayed that way for the next two minutes until Justin Satchell drained a 22-footer to give the Purple Eagles (4-12, 2-3) the lead for good. Emile Blackman’s two free throws with 24 seconds left provided Niagara’s final points.

Trevis Wyche (18 points, eight assists and four rebounds) scored to pull the Peacocks within two with 6 seconds left but after a NU miss at the line they couldn’t complete the rally.

Niagara led, 30-20, at one point in the opening half, taking a 35-29 lead into the intermission.

Satchell finished with 22 points and six boards to lead the Purple Eagles.

In women’s basketball, St. Bonaventure posted its 12th straight win as Katie Healy (Lancaster) and Nyla Rueter each scored 14 points to lead the Bonnies (13-2, 2-0) to a 55-41 win over Fordham (6-9, 1-1) at the Reilly Center.

The winning streak is the longest for the Bona women since the NCAA Tournament team of 2011-12. That team won 18 games in a row.

Friday’s games

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team looks to continue its recent mastery over the Kent State Golden Flashes when the two meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

UB (7-7, 0-1), which dropped its Mid-American Conference opener to preseason favorite Akron, has beaten the Golden Flashes in each of the teams’ past four meetings. The Bulls won for just the second time in 18 tries at the M.A.C. Center last February when they beat Kent State, 71-65.

UB has four players scoring in double-figures, led by leading scorer Lamonte Bearden. (13.0 ppg, 3.1 apg).

Blake Hamilton is next at just under 11 ppg, while C.J. Massinburg (10.3 ppg) and Willie Conner (10.1 ppg) provide additional scoring options for the Bulls.

In women’s basketball action, both Canisius and Niagara hit the road for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clashes.

Niagara (3-10, 1-3) comes off a win Monday over Fairfield to face Saint Peter’s (3-10, 1-3) at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. Sam Lapszynski led NU with 20 points and 13 rebounds in Monday’s 56-55 win.

The Golden Griffins (7-6, 2-2) visit Quinnipiac (6-7, 1-3) at in Hamden. Conn., coming off Monday’s six-point loss to Siena. The Bobcats lead the all-time series with Canisius, 5-0.