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Colleges: Canisius, Niagara women each drop road contests

A slow start for the Canisius women was all Manhattan needed as the Jaspers earned the 58-39 victory at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale.

Offense came at a premium for Canisius, converting on only 26 percent of its shots. Margret Halfdanardottir had a team-high 12 points for the Griffs.

Despite the lack of offense, Canisius forced the Jaspers to cough the ball over 20 times. Manhattan, however, shot the ball effectively, converting on 43 percent of its shots.

Bobcats assert dominance

Quinnipiac, the reigning MAAC champions, displayed their dominance Thursday, outscoring Niagara in the second half, 41-23, en route to a 77-61 victory in Hamden, Conn.

Victoria Rampado (20 points, 10 rebounds) earned her MAAC-best seventh double-double. Jai Moore had a career-high 15 points for the Purple Eagles (4-10, 1-2 MAAC).

All five Bobcats starters scored in double-figures and had at least two made three-pointers. Paula Strautmane had a team-high 20 points for Quinnipiac (9-5, 3-0 MAAC).

Griffs look to go 3-0

The Canisius men (8-7, 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) look to extend their four-game winning streak tonight when they take on Quinnipiac (5-9, 2-0 MAAC) at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. (Radio 1230 AM, 102.9 FM, 8 p.m.).

The Griffs are coming off an 85-78 victory over Iona at home on Sunday.

Quinnipiac has won its last two games by a combined three points, beating Monmouth, 78-76, on Dec. 28 and Siena, 71-70, on Monday.

NU hoops back in action

A trip down Interstate 90 for the Niagara men (7-8, 0-2 MAAC) is in store tonight as they face Siena (4-11, 0-2 MAAC) at the Times Union Center in Albany (Radio 1400 AM, 7 p.m.).

Matt Scott and Khalil Dukes are currently the second-best scoring duo in the country averaging 43.6 points per contest. Scott and Dukes have each averaged over 20 points per game against the Saints in the last two meetings.

Junior Nico Clareth (15.1 ppg) leads the Saints in scoring.

Niagara has not beat Siena at the Times Union Center since 2013.

Purple Eagles return home

Niagara hockey returns to Dwyer Arena for the first time in nearly a month, opening a two-game series with RIT tonight (Radio 1340 AM, 7:05 p.m.).

Ohio State swept the Purple Eagles last weekend in Columbus.

RIT (8-7-1, 7-3-0 AHC) has not played since Dec. 9, as their game last weekend at Mercyhurst was postponed due to inclement weather.

Canisius (10-7-1), coming off a loss at Clarkson on Tuesday, begins a two-game series with St. Lawrence in Canton tonight at Appleton Arena.

St. Lawrence (3-14-1) has not won at home this season (0-6-1), but have won their last two games. They beat Vermont and UMass-Lowell to claim the Catamount Cup last weekend.

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