The Canisius men’s basketball team dug itself a big first-half hole at Quinnipiac on Friday night. The Golden Griffins couldn’t climb out of it fast enough in the second half to avoid their second straight loss – the first time that has happened since mid-November.
The Bobcats finished the game with a 95-90 win. Canisius outscored Quinnipiac, 58-48, in a game that featured 54 personal fouls. The Griffs fell to 12-8, 5-4 in the Metro Atlantic. Kassius Robertson led Canisius with 24 points, while Jermaine Crumpton had 23.
Canisius got as close as two points – 75-73 with 5:21 to go – and was three points down with 1:39 left. But the Griffs were hit with a couple of big three-pointers by Mikey Dixon from there.
In women’s play, Niagara lost to Fairfield, 65-55. The Purple Eagles only trailed by a basket after a period, and kept it close into the fourth quarter. The Stags only led by 48-47 with eight minutes left, but an 11-0 run by Fairfield wrapped up the win for the visitors.
Victoria Rampado finished with 20 points for Niagara (5-14, 2-8 MAAC), while Kaylee Stroemple finished with 16. The Eagles are off to Quinnipiac on Thursday.
• You can see two University at Buffalo basketball teams for the price of one today at Alumni Arena. The women and men both have afternoon games scheduled.
The women go first, facing Central Michigan at noon. This is a rematch of last year’s Mid-American Conference championship game, won by UB, 73-71, on Stephanie Reid’s last-second bank shot. Central Michigan is favored to win the MAC this year.
Then at 2:30 or so, the men play Western Michigan (Radio 1520 AM). The formula for the UB men is defense and rebounding, because the Bulls have limitations on offense. Western Michigan was picked for fifth out of six in the MAC West but the Broncos are improved over last year.
• The Niagara men also have an afternoon game on the schedule, but the Purple Eagles will play it on the road. They will play at Saint Peter’s in Jersey City, N.J. (2 p.m., Radio 550 AM). Niagara (5-14, 2-6 MAAC) has split the last six games with the Peacocks, but the Purple Eagles certainly could use a win here. Niagara has lost its last four games.
• The St. Bonaventure women ended a five-game losing streak in their last start, downing Massachusetts on Thursday. The Bonnies will try to build on that against Duquesne (4 p.m., 105.9 FM).