Canisius men’s basketball is entering Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with a two-game win streak after defeating Robert Morris, 76-62, in Pittsburgh.
Isaiah Reese led the Golden Griffins with 18 points on 8 for 14 shooting. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.
Malik Johnson scored 13 points, while Selvedin Planincic tied a career-high for scoring with 11.
The Golden Griffins got out to a strong start in the first half, shooting 57 percent from the field and ending the frame on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes.
The efficiency didn’t fall much in the second, as the Griffs shot 54 percent for the game. Robert Morris got as close as five points early in the second half, but Canisius responded with a 7-0 run.
Canisius starts MAAC play Friday when it hosts Rider.
Niagara women crush Colgate
Victoria Rampado scored 22 points as Niagara women’s basketball blew by Colgate, 81-44. The Purple Eagles (3-8) have won two games in a row after losing eight of their first nine games.
Three other Purple Eagles scored in double digits. Maggie McIntyre and Kaylee Stroemple each scored 14, while Jamie Sherburne scored 11.
The Purple Eagles took advantage of sloppy ball handling from the Raiders, snagging 15 steals and forcing Colgate into 24 turnovers. Niagara scored 30 points, nearly 40 percent of its points, off turnovers.
The Purple Eagles out-rebounded Colgate, 43-31. Rampado led the way in that category as well, grabbing 11 boards.
Niagara kicks off the MAAC schedule Saturday with a home game against Iona at 3 p.m.
Niagara men face Cornell
Niagara men’s basketball, which has won three of its last four games, concludes its non-conference slate Saturday at Cornell. Tipoff is at 1 p.m.
The Purple Eagles (6-6) are coming off a pair of dramatic games. On Dec. 16, Niagara came back from down 18 with 13:40 remaining in the game to defeat Norfolk State, 85-82. Marvin Prochet
had a block in the final 30 seconds to seal a 79-77 victory against Cleveland State Tuesday.
Matt Scott, named the MAAC Player of the Week for the third time Monday, has scored 20 or more points in nine of the last ten games. He’s currently fourth in the nation in scoring. Combined, Scott and teammate Kahlil Dukes are the top scoring duo in Division I basketball.
Cornell also enters the game on a hot streak, winning four of its last five. Guard Matt Morgan averages 23 points, three rebounds and three assists.