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Canisius comes up short at Fairfield

Canisius and Fairfield had something of a shootout in the second half of their Metro Atlantic Conference men’s basketball game on Friday night. The Stags were the ones still standing at game’s end.

Fairfield scored 50 points in the second half in beating the Golden Griffins, 84-77, in Fairfield, Conn.

The game was tied, 69-69, with a little more than 2 minutes to play. Then Marcus Gilbert hit a three-pointer to put the Stags ahead for good, and they hit eight straight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

“We just didn’t get enough stops down the stretch,” Canisius coach Jim Baron said.

Five Canisius players were in double figures, led by a career-high 19 points along with seven rebounds from Kevin Bleeker. Curtis Cobb had 25 points for Fairfield - 20 of them in the second half.

The Griffs (10-12, 5-6 MAAC) will play at Rider on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday’s games

• The men’s basketball standings in the Mid-American Conference are crowded, with nine teams at 3-4 or better. The University at Buffalo has a chance to create a little space in the pack with a game at Toledo on Saturday night (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The Bulls are 4-3 in the MAC (11-9 overall) while the Rockets are 3-4 (12-8 overall).

• Niagara’s men’s team doesn’t have much time to enjoy Thursday’s win at Marist. The Purple Eagles return to action Saturday at Quinnipiac (2 p.m., Radio 1400 AM). Niagara ended a four-game losing streak with the win over the Red Foxes. It was the first road win of the season after 10 losses. The Purple Eagles are 6-16, 4-7 MAAC.

• UB women’s coach Felisha Legette-Jack probably is getting a little tired of waiting for her 200th win in her coaching career. She’s not concerned about the milestone; she’s more worried about her team’s current four-game losing streak. The Bulls will try again when they play at Northern Illinois on Saturday (2 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). UB comes into the game at 10-8 overall but 2-5 in the MAC, while Northern Illinois is 8-11, 1-7.

• The Niagara women have a big challenge when they host Iona at the Gallagher Center on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m.). The Gaels are second in the MAAC standings with an 8-2 record. That’s well ahead of Niagara (4-7), and the Eagles are coming off a loss to Canisius on Thursday night.