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Canisius, Niagara women lose openers of road swings

Both the Canisius and Niagara women’s basketball teams suffered one-sided losses on the road Friday night.

In New York, the Golden Griffins lost to Manhattan, 77-55, to miss a chance to pull ahead of the Jaspers in the MAAC standings.

Manhattan slowly pulled away in the game, and rolled up 46 points in the second half to win going away. A 17-2 run in the third quarter was a big part of that.

Maria Welch led Canisius with 11 points, while Shayna Ericksen led the Jaspers with 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Golden Griffins fell to 9-13, 4-9 MAAC. They play at Monmouth on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile in Fairfield, Conn., the Stags knocked off Niagara, 61-43.

Some offensive problems put the Purple Eagles behind almost right from the start. They only scored five points in the first quarter, and could never catch up. The lead for Fairfield was 29-14 after a half of play, and Niagara never threatened after that.

Jayla Nichols led the Purple Eagles with 12 points; she was the only Niagara player in double figures. Kelsey Carey had 18 points for Fairfield, while Kristin Schatzlein scored 11 points.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Purple Eagles, who fell to 6-16 overall, 4-0 overall. Next up is a Sunday afternoon game at Quinnipiac in Connecticut.

Saturday’s games

• The University at Buffalo men’s team starts a three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon when the Bulls host Eastern Michigan (3:30 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) at Alumni Arena. UB has been playing well lately, having won five of its last six to move to 13-9 overall, 6-3 in the Mid-American Conference. This is the start of a stretch in which the Bulls will play five of six at home, so it’s a good chance to pick up some momentum in the season’s final month. Eastern Michigan may have other ideas. It defeated the Bulls in the team’s first meeting, 81-69, in a game played in Ypsilanti on Jan. 12.

• The UB women’s team has plenty of momentum at the moment after a huge win over Ohio. Now comes a game with Ball State at 1 p.m. to start the doubleheader at Alumni Arena. UB improved to 11-9, 3-6 in the MAC, with the win that snapped the Bobcats’ 12-game win streak. Ball State is 15-5 overall, 7-2 in the MAC. The Cardinals have won six of their last seven games.