Niagara men’s basketball couldn’t slow down Iona’s parade to the free throw line in overtime, falling 98-93 to the Gaels in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Opener.
Iona scored its final ten points of the game from the charity stripe. Eleven of the Gaels 20 overtime points came from the line.
Marvin Prochet scored the final three points of regulation, including a putback layup with eight seconds remaining, to tie the game at 78 and force the extra frame.
Matt Scott and Kahlil Dukes each scored 20 for Niagara. Prochet had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Barton (11 points) and Dominic Robb (10 points) rounded out the double-digit scorers.
The Purple Eagles play a second straight MAAC home game Sunday against Rider.
Niagara hockey falls short
Niagara men’s hockey gave No. 9 Ohio State a scare, but was unable to pull off an upset in its first game in 20 days.
Buckeyes forward Tanner Laczynski fired home a rebound with six seconds remaining to seal a 3-2 Ohio State victory in the first game of a two-game series.
The Buckeyes got out to an early 2-0 lead, with Matt Miller and Matt Joyaux scoring in the second half of the first period.
Niagara’s Johnny Curran responded in the second period, beating Ohio State goalie Sean Romeo on a power play slapshot.
James Roll scored the equalizer with five minutes and 17 seconds remaining in the third. He snuck in between two Ohio State defenders for a shot at the hashes.
The Purple Eagles get another crack at the Buckeyes Saturday at 8 p.m. before returning to Atlantic Hockey play.
Lady Griffs drop to 2-10
Canisius women’s basketball struggled shooting, hitting only 31 percent from the field and 47 percent from the free throw line, in a 56-52 MAAC-opening loss to Fairfield.
Golden Griffins guard Anna Sweny set a pair of career highs, scoring nine points and hitting two three pointers. She also led the team with six rebounds.
Canisius, which next plays Iona on Tuesday, drops to 2-10 on the season.