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Canisius holds off first-place Rider for victory

A 3-pointer from Jonathan Sanks with seconds to spare lifted Cansisius to an 81-80 win over Rider on Friday night in Lawrenceville, N.J.

It was a much-needed win for the Griffs, who improve to 10-13 overall and 7-4 in the MAAC and keep pace with Siena, Monmouth and Quinnipiac in the standings.

Four Griffs finished with double-digit points: Sanks and Takal Molson each logged 17, Scott Hitchon had 15 and Malik Johnson had 13 for the Griffs.

Molson added a team-high eight rebounds in the win.

Junior Stevie Jordan led the Broncs (12-10, 7-3 MAAC) with a season-high 22 points.

Canisius got off to a fast start and built a 26-14 lead before Rider came back to cut the lead to two by halftime.

Unlike in Canisius’ last game that saw Marist storm back for a 78-71 overtime victory, the Griffs were able to battle back for the win.

Purple Eagles fall to Marist

As Canisius rose in the standings, Niagara remained in ninth in the conference with a 78-59 loss to Marist in Poughkeepsie.

Freshman Raheem Solomon led Niagara (11-13, 4-7 MAAC) with 16 points off the bench.

Marvin Prochet, the MAAC’s second-best scorer, was held to a relatively quiet night with 11 points.

Junior swingman Ryan Funk, a Clarence High School graduate, led the Foxes with 22 points off the bench.

Bonnies welcome Rams

VCU will travel to the Reilly Center today for St. Bonaventure’s annual homecoming game. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on CBSSN.

A win by St. Bonaventure (9-13, 5-4 A-10) will give coach Mark Schmidt a tie for most wins in Bonnies’ history with Larry Weise.

VCU (16-6, 7-2 A-10) is on a three-game win streak, with victories over Dusquene, George Mason and George Washington.

Canisius visits Quinnipiac

A tall order awaits the Canisius women’s basketball team when defending MAAC champion Quinnipiac hosts the Griffs at 2 p.m. today.

The Bobcats (16-6, 11-0 MAAC) have not lost a conference game this season. They boast the league’s second-best scoring offense (64.3 ppg), as well as the best scoring defense (51.8 ppg) and highest scoring margin (plus-12.5).

Canisius (9-13, 7-4 MAAC) was bested by Fairfield in their last time out.

Niagara looks to avenge loss

Niagara will hit the road to Connecticut as well for a 5 p.m. meeting with Fairfield.

Quinnipiac topped the Purple Eagles in their last game, 62-42, snapping a two-game winning streak.

Junior Jai Moore was able to log 17 points for Niagara, her 19th game this season with double-digit points and her sixth-straight.

Khadidiatou Diouf leads the Foxes with 12.2 points per game.

UB women host Flashes

The UB women’s hoops team will host rival Kent State today at 1 p.m. to open a men’s-women’s doubleheader.

It will also be the Box Out Breast Cancer game, where the first 500 fans will receive pink pom-poms.

UB last enjoyed a 73-63 comeback win over Toledo on Wednesday. Kent State defeated Western Michigan, 55-51, on Wednesday.

SBU women’s hoops travel

After taking on the Atlantic 10’s best squad in VCU, St. Bonaventure’s women’s team will get the conference’s No. 2 team in Davidson as the Bonnies travel to North Carolina today for a noon tip.

McKenna Maycock, named A-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 4, was held to just 6 points against the Rams.

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