A furious comeback by the Niagara men’s basketball team made sure Matt Scott’s career game did not go to waste Thursday night in Poughkeepsie.
Karonn Davis’ three-pointer with three seconds left broke a 66-66 tie as the Purple Eagles defeated Marist, 69-66, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference before 1,017 at the McCann Center.
Scott poured in a career-high 32 points and also recorded a game-high 13 rebounds, recorded five assists and made four steals for NU (6-16, 4-7), which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Trailing by 15 with less than 12 minutes left, Niagara erased that deficit by buckling down on defense and going on a 23-4 run that turned a 58-43 deficit into a 66-62 lead. Scott had 10 points during that blitz, sparked by a Justin Satchell jumper. He had six points during the run.
Scott’s trey with 4:04 left pulled Niagara within 62-61. His steal and layup 25 seconds later gave NU the lead.
The Red Foxes (4-15, 1-9) tied it with 19 seconds left on Brian Parker’s short jumper. Scott found Davis in the left corner for the second game-winning shot of his Niagara career.
The Purple Eagles return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday at Quinnipiac.
In regards to there being no place like home, the current edition of the Canisius men’s basketball team would beg to differ.
The Golden Griffins look to extend their winning streak away from the Koessler Athletic Center when they face Fairfield at 7 p.m. Friday at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The Griffs have won three straight on the road.
Canisius (10-11, 5-5) heads into the showdown with a 4-1 conference record on the road. That’s tops in the MAAC. The Stags (11-9, 5-5) beat Iona in their last start.