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Canisius and Niagara rack up All-MAAC honors

Two players from Canisius and one from Niagara were first-team selections for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball conference.

Jermaine Crumpton and Isaiah Reese from Canisius and Kahil Dukes from Niagara earned the honors, which were announced on Monday afternoon.

Crumpton ranks sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.9 points while Reese registered 16.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game for the Griffs.

Crumpton and Reese become the first Canisius duo to earn first-team honors since Darrell Barely and Michael Meeks in the 1995-96 season.

Dukes was a unanimous selection, ranking second in the MAAC in points per game (21.1 ppg), ninth in assists per game and first in free-throw percentage (90.4 percent). Dukes is the first first-teamer for Niagara since 2013.

Matt Scott of Niagara was a second-team selection, averaging 19.5 points per game. He has missed the last three games after suffering an ankle injury in the Feb. 16 game at Iona. Niagara coach Chris Casey said that Scott was expected to return to practice on Monday. He remains questionable for the Purple Eagles' tournament opener on Saturday night.

Canisius freshman Takal Molson was named to the All-Rookie team. Starting in every game this season for the Griffs, he averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.He scored in double figures in 18 games this season and took home MAAC Rookie of the Week honors three times.

On the women's side, Niagara senior Victoria Rampado was a unanimous decision as a first-team selection. Rampado leads the conference in scoring (21.4 points per game) and has 14 double-doubles.

Kaylee Struemple was a third-team selection after averaging 11.6 points along with Canisius junior Sara Hinriksdottir who averaged 14.8 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Canisius freshman Danielle Sanderline was an All-Rookie Team selection. She made 14 starts for the Griffs and averaged 5.2 points.

The MAAC tournament opens Thursday with the women's bracket in the morning. No. 8 Canisius will face No. 9 Monmouth at 9:30 a.m. in the Times Union Center in Albany. No. 6 Niagara will face No. 11 Saint Peter's at 1:30 p.m.

The men open at 9:30 p.m. Friday with No. 2 Canisius playing the winner of Quinnipiac-Siena. Third-seeded Niagara plays the winner of Fairfield-Marist at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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