Niagara overcame a 22-point second-half deficit only to lose to Saint Francis (Pa.), 93-87, in overtime Sunday afternoon at the Gallagher Center to fall to 4-6 for the season.
The Purple Eagles erased a 60-38 deficit by outscoring the Red Flash 29-4 over an eight-minute
It started with a 12-0 run as Matt Scott scored seven of the points and another 17-2 spur with Kahlil Dukes, Keleaf Tate and Dominic Robb combining for all 17 points to give Niagara a 67-64 lead with 7:22 left.
Still, the Purple Eagles needed a late basket by Scott to send the game to overtime.
Saint Francis took a 7-0 lead in the extra period and Niagara got no closer than four.
Dukes followed his career-high 31 points against New Hampshire with 25 points and career-high 11 assists. Scott scored 22, his eighth straight game of 20 or more.
Robb had his best game of the season with highs of 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
Saint Francis shot .524 overall and was .533 (8 of 15) from three-point range. Jamaal King had 26 points and Keith Braxton had 24 points to go with his 12 rebounds. Between the two, they made 19 of 35
Niagara’s next game will be Saturday afternoon at Norfolk State in Virginia.
WRESTLING: The University at Buffalo turned a 15-9 deficit into a 16-15 victory at Kent State on Sunday afternoon and is 2-0 against Mid-American Conference competition for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
With the Bulls trailing, 15-9, Brett Perry rallied from 4-0 for a 16-8 major decision in overtime to defeat Colin McCracken, 13-3.
That pulled the Bulls to within 15-13.
In the final match, Joe Ariola earned a 5-3 decision over Kyle Conel at 197 pounds to complete the comeback.
"Wow, what can I say, these guys stepped up!" coach John Stutzman said.
Jake Gunning (285), Kyle Akins (125), Bryan Lantry (133) won the first three matches for UB. The Golden Flashes, however, won the next
Buffalo evened its overall record at 3-3.
The Bulls will take on Cornell next on Dec. 18, wrestling for the first time in the Center for the Arts rather than Alumni Arena.