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College Roundup: Niagara women hold off Manhattan, Canisius falls

Niagara’s women’s basketball team defeated Manhattan, 58-53, in Riverdale despite shooting just 35.5 percent from the floor.

Jai Moore, the leading scorer for the Purple Eagles, had one of the worst shooting performances of her season. Moore was 0 for 7 in the first half and did not make her first shot until midway through the third quarter.

But Moore scored seven of her 11 total points in the final three minutes of the game. She made a jump shot with 3:15 remaining as Niagara took the lead for the last time. She made another jump shot and three free throws to ice the game.

Moore also recorded a career high in rebounds with 12.

Maggie McIntyre recorded her second highest scoring output of the season with 18 and was 6 of 12 from 3-point range, tying her career best in that department.

Emerald Ekpiteta continued her string of strong performances with 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.

In New Jersey, Canisius and Monmouth traded baskets throughout the night but ultimately it was Monmouth who was able to pull away, winning 67-61 in a game that featured six ties and nine lead changes.

Canisius shot over 50 percent for the game but turned the ball over 29 times, leading to 37 points for the Hawks.

Every player that touched the court turned the ball over at least once for Canisius. Zhane Irby had six in just 12 minutes of play.

The Griffins went into the half down 28-26 but returned to the court playing the best three minutes they had all game, opening the half on a 11-0 run. D’jhai Patterson-Ricks made three straight shots for seven points while Sara Hinriksdottir and Danielle Sanderlin made layups to give the Griffins a 37-28 lead.

Then Canisius played its worst three minutes of the night, with Monmouth going on a 12-2 run, eventually icing the game as the Griffs could not make a shot in the final two minutes.

Canisius is at Rider Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.

Canisius takes on Bentley

With 11 games left in the regular season, the 10th-place Canisius Golden Griffins still have a chance to turn their season around in Atlantic Hockey.

Canisius (9-12-2, 6-10-1 AHA) will finish out the month of January with two games against Bentley (8-11-3, 7-7-2 AHA) at the HarborCenter.

The Griffins started out the month hot with two wins against North Dakota, then the No. 13 team in the country, but have struggled recently with three straight losses to AHA opponents.

Canisius’ struggles have not been because of its offense, ranking 19th in goals scored per game, but have come from the defensive side.

The Griffins currently rank last in Division I allowing 4.0 goals per game.

Bentley comes to Buffalo on a five- game unbeaten streak. The Falcons have scored more than four goals three times during the stretch.

The teams will face off today at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday at 4:35 p.m.