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College Roundup: Canisius tries for third straight win

The Canisius men return home to play the Fairfield Stags Friday at 7 p.m.

The Griffs, winners of their last two games, play one of the worst teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Canisius (11-13, 8-4 MAAC) is currently in a tie for the second-best record in the conference. Fairfield (7-18, 4-9 MAAC) sits a half-game in front of last place Saint Peter’s, a team the Griffs defeated 64-60 last Sunday.

Canisius has had more difficulty beating the bottom of the conference than the top.

The Griffs have beaten Monmouth, Quinnipiac, Rider and Fairfield but have lost to Niagara and Marist in recent weeks.

For Canisius to win it seems that all they have to do is score more than 60 points. The Stags have yet to finish above the mark since Jan. 27 against Iona. They have only scored more than 50 once in their four games since.

The Griffs average 70.5 points per game with Takal Molson leading the way at 16.9 ppg. Molson scored a game-high 21 against Saint Peter’s.

Niagara hopes to turn its season around with only six games left on its schedule.

The Purple Eagles are searching for their first win since January and match with Manhattan at 7 p.m. Friday at home.

In their last meeting, Niagara blew a double-digit second half lead at Manhattan to lose 90-80.

Marvin Prochet is having the best season of his career and is on pace to break program records.

Prochet has a career-high 17.5 ppg, third in the MAAC, while pulling in 7.4 rebounds a game.

Prochet is shooting a program-record 46.2 from three this season while averaging three makes each game.

Dominic Robb leads the MAAC in blocks at 57 and is eight away for holding the most blocks in a career.

Manhattan has won three of its past four games while leading the conference in opponent ppg at 62.8.

NU hockey falls short

No love for Niagara hockey on this Valentine’s Day. The Purple Eagles fell short in their match against Bentley, 3-1, at Dwyer Arena.

Niagara was held scoreless for the first 45 minutes of the game before Jared Brandt got one past Bentley’s defense and goalie Aidan Pelino.

Pelino finished with 31 saves while Bentley players totalled 16 blocked shots.

Niagara would not let the blocks get to them and kept firing away. The Purple Eagles were able to get 14 shots on net in the second.

Goalie Brian Wilson played well, allowing two goals on 21 shots.

The teams play again Friday at 7 p.m.

Canisius has just one point in its last six games. The Griffs try will try to change that when they play two games at Air Force this weekend.

Canisius and the Falcons split their series in Buffalo back in October with each team having different levels of success since.

They play at 9 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.


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