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Niagara, Bona win in men's basketball; Canisius falls

Niagara and St. Bonaventure were winners in men’s basketball action on Wednesday night, while Canisius felt short in a home game.

The Purple Eagles won their first game of the season, and they did it decisively. Niagara (1-4) knocked off Drexel, 93-74.

The two teams were only separated by a point after 20 minutes, as the Purple Eagles led, 38-37. Then in the second half, Niagara erupted for 55 points. The Eagles started the half with an 11-2 run, and had a 20-point lead at one point late in the game.

Marvin Prochet led the way with 21 points, while teammate Kahlil Dukes chipped in with 19. Sammy Mojica had 17 points to lead the Dragons.

Niagara will spend its Thanksgiving traveling. The Eagles play North Texas St. in Denton, Texas, on Friday night.

St. Bonaventure finished with two wins out of three games in its trip to Austin, Texas, for the Lone Star Showcase. The Bonnies downed Pepperdine, 89-63, as they finished playing on three consecutive nights.

A big second half took care of business for Bona (3-2). Clinging to a two-point lead at halftime, the Bonnies went on a 47-23 run to settle the outcome well ahead of time.

Matt Mobley led St. Bonaventure with 24 points, while Jaylen Adams scored 22. Lamond Murray Jr. led Pepperdine with 24 points.

Bona now gets to rest a little bit. The team will host Siena at the Reilly Center on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Tennessee State stayed undefeated at the expense of Canisius. The Tigers moved to 5-0 with a 72-58 win over the Golden Griffins in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Canisius played Tennessee State tough for the opening minutes of the first half. The Griffins had a 21-19 lead with 9:12 left in the half. But then the Tigers shut Canisius’ offense down. With 1:53 left in the half, it was 38-22 for Tennessee State.

Isaiah Reese led the Golden Griffins with 13 points while Phil Valenti had 12.

Canisius (1-4) is at Youngstown State on Saturday.

In women’s play, Niagara moved closer to the .500 mark by earning its first road win of the season. The Purple Eagles beat Cleveland State, 67-49, on Wednesday afternoon.

While Niagara outscored the Vikings in each quarter, it was the second period that proved decisive. The Purple Eagles had a 21-9 edge in that period to take firm command of the contest.

Victoria Rampado had 20 points to lead Niagara - all on field goals, as she went 10 for 19 from the field. Rampado added nine rebounds. Tiffany Corselli added 18 points for the Purple Eagles, hitting on 4 of 8 from three-point range. Ashanti Abshaw led Cleveland State with 17 points.

Niagara has a break until it opens the conference part of the schedule with a home game against Monmouth on Dec. 2.

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