The Niagara men’s basketball team used a pair of second half runs to defeat Quinnipiac on the road Thursday, 81-73.
Niagara (12-8, 5-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) was down 37-35 to the Bobcats at the half and were down 10 with 15:20 remaining in the second. The Purple Eagles went on a 14-point run to take a 55-51 lead, then pulled away with a 9-0 run to push the lead to 66-56.
Kahlil Dukes led Niagara with 23 points. Matt Scott, the No. 1 scorer in the MAAC, had a down night with only eight.
James Towns and Dominic Robb made up for Scott’s lack of production, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Purple Eagles have won five straight games and six straight on the road.
Canisius 66, Saint Peter’s 53: Saint Peter’s made the game interesting in the fourth quarter, but Canisius pulled away in the final five minutes to defeat the Peacocks, 66-53. The Golden Griffins extended the lead to as high as 17 in the closing minutes.
Canisius’ Sara Hinriksdottir led the Griffs with 24 points.
Rider 65, Niagara 58: Niagara women’s basketball’s three-game win streak was snapped Thursday afternoon, as the Purple Eagles (7-11, 4-3 MAAC) fell 65-58 at Rider.
Niagara’s Jamie Sherburne cut the Rider lead to three points with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter, but the Broncs responded with a pair of layups. The Purple Eagles weren’t able to get within four points the remainder of the game.
Victoria Rampado scored 22 points for the Purps.
The Big 4 is on full display Friday night, as three of the four area men’s basketball teams play on ESPN networks.
The University at Buffalo will play in one of the most anticipated regular season Mid-American Conference games of the year on ESPNU. The Bulls, MAC East preseason favorites, face MAC West favorites Western Michigan on the road at 7 p.m.
UB is 5-0 in conference play for the first time since joining the MAC.
St. Bonaventure looks to bounce back after an 87-73 loss to Atlantic 10 favorite Rhode Island when the Bonnies face Davidson on the road at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Davidson (9-7, 4-1 A-10) is on a four-game win streak.
The UB game on ESPNU will roll right into Canisius’ matchup at Manhattan, which tips at 9 p.m. The Golden Griffins, winners of two straight and seven of the last eight games, are 5-1 in the MAAC for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Pair of hockey series: Canisius men’s hockey, tied for first in Atlantic Hockey, makes a short trip to face RIT on Friday and Saturday.
Niagara men’s hockey returns home for a two-game series with Holy Cross this weekend. The Purple Eagles and Crusaders will go to battle at 7:05 p.m. Friday and on Saturday.