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College Roundup: Canisius beats Fairfield, moves into first place in MAAC

With a 72-68 win over Fairfield on Friday night and losses by Monmouth and Quinnipiac, Canisius’ men’s hoops team moves into first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (12-13 overall, 9-4 MAAC).

Sophomore Scott Hitchon logged a career-high 21 points while dishing out three assists and recording three blocks.

Jalanni White recorded a career-high of his own. The sophomore racked up 16 points while grabbing seven boards. His previous best was nine points, which he earned on Jan. 30 against Niagara.

Winners of three games in a row, things are looking up for coach Reggie Witherspoon’s Golden Griffins as they approach the end of the season.

Canisius will wrap up their homestand this Sunday when Manhattan comes to the Koessler Athletic Center.

Niagara falls to Manhattan

Niagara’s men’s basketball team fell to 4-9 in the conference after a 64-60 loss to Manhattan.

Dominic Robb led the team with 17 points. Marvin Prochet, who normally averages 17.5 points per game, was held to just six Friday night.

Leading the Jaspers were Samir Stewart and Tykei Greene with 14 points each.

The Purple Eagles (11-15) will try to snap their four-game losing streak when they take on Fairfield on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Canisius women travel

Canisius’ women’s basketball team will look to avenge Wednesday’s loss to Niagara when they travel to Marist today for a 7 p.m. game.

The game will wrap up the Griffs’ four-game road trip. The two teams last met on Jan. 5, a 71-66 Marist victory.

The Foxes boast the best scoring offense in the league, averaging 68 points per game.

Junior Rebekah Hand has a big role in Marist’s scoring. Her 429 points this season, 17.2 per game, puts the guard at second in the MAAC.

Alana Gilmer will be another name to watch.

The forward logged 22 points in the teams’ first meeting and has averaged 15.5 per game this season.

On the visitors’ side, Sara Hinriksdottir, the MAAC’s seventh-ranked scorer, will look to bounce back from a quiet eight-point showing against the Purple Eagles.

Niagara can move in MAAC

MAAC rival Siena awaits Niagara’s women’s team as the Purple Eagles head to Loudonville. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. today.

Niagara enjoyed their best conference start since 2004 when they started 7-4 in MAAC play. Now 9-5 in the MAAC, a win combined with a Marist loss would put the Eagles in a tie for third place behind Quinnipiac and Rider.

Junior Jai Moore came just one point shy of tying her career record when she logged 30 points against Canisius on Wednesday.

Siena sits at 6-8 in the conference and 10-15 overall amid a two-game losing skid. Maddie Sims leads the Saints with 12.3 points per game.

Bonnies look to snap streak

St. Bonaventure’s women’s hoops team will try to snap their three-game losing streak when second-place Fordham comes to the Reilly Center today.

The Rams (18-8, 9-3 A-10) bring a dynamic offense and nationally-ranked defense with them, along with a five-game win streak.

Senior Mary Goulding was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after averaging 15.5 points and 10 rebounds in wins over Saint Louis and George Washington.

Freshman Asianae Johnson has been a welcome surprise for the Bonnies as she’s averaged 10 points per game.

Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

UB women can get revenge

After their comeback fell short against Bowling Green, UB’s women’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 MAC) will try to get back in the win column when Central Michigan rolls into Alumni Arena today for a 2 p.m tip.

The Chippewas (17-6, 8-3 MAC)will be gunning for a season sweep of the Bulls after they beat UB, 76-65, on Feb. 2.

Leading Central Michigan’s second-ranked offense is Presley Hudson, who has scored an average of 20.6 points per game this season.

Niagara icers beat Bentley

Bentley made it close in the end, but Niagara was able to come away with a 4-3 victory Friday night to end Bentley's 12-game unbeaten streak.

Ben Sokay led the Purple Eagles (11-17-3, 11-12-3 AHA) with two goals and an assist.

His second goal ended up as the difference-maker.

Niagara will have a week off before heading to HarborCenter for a series with Canisius.

Canisius hockey defeated

Air Force scored 35 seconds into the game to set the tone and kept Canisius from getting on the scoreboard en route to a 3-0 victory.

The Griffs drop to 9-18-3 overall and 6-16-2 in the conference. They have not recorded a win since Jan. 19.

Walker Sommer, Kyle Haak and Alex Mehnert each logged goals for the Falcons (14-11-4, 12-8-3 AHA).

The series ends today at 7 p.m. at Air Force’s Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado.

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