Manny Dixon of Saint Peter’s scored a 3-point shot with 6 seconds left to give the Peacocks a 74-72 victory over Niagara on Tuesday night at the Gallagher Center.
Dixon’s basket broke a 71-71 tie and came after the host Purple Eagles had come from 11 points behind in the final 10:38.
Niagara, which trailed 67-57, took a 68-67 lead on a pair of free throws by Marvin Prochet with 2:00 left. A 3-pointer by Raheem Solomon with 1:17 remaining put Niagara in front, 71-69, but Quinn Taylor’s two free throws tied it with 50 seconds left.
Saint Peters called time out with 20 seconds remaining after a Niagara turnover, and Woods connected.
Niagara called timeout with 4 seconds left, but James Towns was fouled before the Purple Eagles could get off a 3-point try. Towns made his first free throw and missed the second, but Saint Peter’s grabbed the rebound.
Niagara trailed most of the game. The Purple Eagles’ largest lead was three points early in the first half.
It was ironic that a 3-pointer would beat Niagara in the end because it was the Purple Eagles’ shooting from beyond the 3-point arc that got them back into the game. Prochet, who equalled his career high with 24 points, made 6 of 8 3-point tries and Solomon made 5 of 7.
Altogether, Niagara was 12 for 21 on 3-point attempts.
Davauhnte Turner led Saint Peter’s with a career-high 31 points. Samuel Idowu had 15 points. The Peacocks outrebounded Niagara, 34-21.
The loss dropped Niagara to 9-11, 2-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Saint Peter’s (6-12, 3-3 MAAC) won its first road game of the season after nine losses.
Bona plays at UMass
The status of guards Nelson Kaputo and Jalen Poyser was still questionable as St. Bonaventure prepared to open a two-game Atlantic 10 Conference road trip at Massachusetts on Wednesday in the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
Poyser missed Bona’s last two games, against Rhode Island and Dayton, and Kaputo was out of the Dayton game. Both have head injuries.
The Bonnies (6-12, 2-3 A-10) have had to deal with physical problems all season and had just gotten fully healthy when Poyser and Kaputo went out.
Courtney Stockard scored a career-high 36 points in a double overtime loss to Dayton, and freshman center Osun Osunniyi is playing his best basketball. However, depth became a problem against Dayton. Freshman guard Kyle Lofton played all 50 minutes against the Flyers.
UMass (7-11, 0-5) is looking for its first A-10 win of the season. It has faced a challenging schedule to start conference play as they have gone on the road to face Saint Louis, Dayton and VCU and played La Salle and George Mason at home.
Junior guard Luwane Pipkins is the second-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 at 18.6 points per game. He also leads UMass in 3-pointers (41), free throws (85), assists (96) and steals (25).
After UMass, the Bonnies will move on to Richmond for a 6 p.m. game on Friday against the Spiders, then come home to face Davidson at the Reilly Center on Feb. 1.
UB women at home
The University at Buffalo women’s team (11-4, 3-1 MAC) looks for its fifth straight Mid-American Conference win against Akron (11-5, 2-3 MAC) in Alumni Arena at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Radio 1520).
Buffalo is coming off of a 61-59 buzzer-beating win at Western Michigan on a basket by Summer Hemphill, who scored a game-high 19 points. Cierra Dillard of the Bulls has scored 20 or more points in 14 of the last 16 games, including a span of 11 straight, and is averaging 25.0 points a game, second in the nation.
Buffalo overcame a 14-point, third-quarter deficit to defeat Western, tying their largest deficit overcome to win on the season.
The Bulls were outshot, but won the rebounding battle, 48-33.