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Colleges: Canisius women's basketball falls just short against Manhattan

The Canisius women’s basketball team had a chance to tie Manhattan when down three with the ball and 10 seconds to work with, but a Maria Welch 3-point attempt clanked off the rim with seven seconds on the clock. The Jaspers gained possession off a jump ball to clinch a 59-56 win at the Koessler Athletic Center.

The game seemed out of reach when Manhattan went up 58-53 with 18 seconds remaining in regulation, but Sara Hinriksdottir completed a three-point play with 12 seconds left to give the Griffs life.

Canisius fouled and Manhattan’s Kayla Grimme set up a final shot opportunity for the Golden Griffins by missing one of two free throws with 11 seconds left.

Canisius has lost three straight, falling to 1-4 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

Men’s basketball

Canisius looks to stay on top: The Golden Griffins are tied for second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings entering Friday’s home matchup with Saint Peter’s.

Canisius lost to Siena Sunday, ending a five-game winning streak for the Golden Griffins.

St. Peters is 8-7 overall and 2-2 in MAAC play, most recently defeating Quinnipiac, 84-58.

Niagara on a roll: The Purple Eagles, winners of their last two games, welcome Monmouth to the Gallagher Center Friday.

Niagara (9-8, 2-2) defeated Siena for the first time in five years Friday and Marist on Sunday to complete its best start through 18 games since the 2012-13 season.

Monmouth, picked third in the MAAC preseason poll, has historically handled the Purple Eagles. The Hawks are 9-1 against Niagara all-time, defeating the Purps in all nine matchups since Monmouth joined the MAAC at the start of the 2013-14 season.

Massinburg named to award list: UB basketball’s CJ Massinburg was named to the mid-season watch list for the Lou Henson Award, which honors the top mid-major player in the country.

Massinburg is second in the Mid-American Conference with 19 points per game.

Men’s hockey

Purple Eagles host Lakers: Niagara men’s hockey kicks off a four-game road trip with a pair of games against Mercyhurst this weekend. The two teams play Friday and Saturday, with puck drop coming at 7:05 p.m. both days.

The Purple Eagles are struggling after a hot start to the season that propelled Niagara as high as No. 20 in the USCHO poll. The Purps have lost five of the last seven, most recently dropping a 3-1 contest to Robert Morris on Tuesday.

Canisius returns to Buffalo: After traveling for over a month due to the World Junior Championship, the Golden Griffins return to the HarborCenter this weekend to play a pair of games with American International.

The Griffs are tied for first in the Atlantic Hockey standings but have lost three of the last four in a tough stretch of non-conference matchups.

Canisius forward Dylan McLaughlin is tied for first in NCAA Division I in points per game (1.53) and has found the score sheet in 14 of the Golden Griffins’ last 15 games.

Men’s wrestling

Missouri 37, UB 6: The UB wrestling team dropped its first MAC dual of the season, falling 37-6 at No. 4 Missouri.

The Tigers, whose roster featured six top 10 nationally-ranked wrestlers, won eight of the 10 decisions. UB’s Ian James defeated Missouri’s Dante Jiovenetta, 3-2, for his first career dual win.

The Bulls, next in action Friday at SIU-Edwardsville, dropped to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the MAC.

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