Purdue Fort Wayne held Niagara to 20 points in the second half, shutting out the Purple Eagles from 3-point range in a 77-54 victory Wednesday night at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Niagara (0-5) trailed by four at halftime, but quickly tied the game at 38-38 on a pair of jump shots by Raheem Solomon. The PFW Mastodons (4-5) of the Summit League rolled from there, outscoring Niagara, 39-20, in the second half as they shot 48.4% (15 of 31) and making 8 of 27 3-pointers. Niagara made 6 of 16 field goal attempts after the intermission and missed all seven of treys.
For the game, Niagara shot 39.3 (22 of 56) and 15.0 (3 of 20) on treys.
Solomon led Niagara with 15 points. James Towns had 13 and Noah Waterman 10 with a team-high five rebounds.
Jarred Godfrey had 17 points and Brian Patrick 15 for the Mastodons. Each made three 3-pointers. Patrick, a 6-foot-5 junior transfer from Kansas State, led PFW with six rebounds.
Freshmen get starts in Griff, Bona losses
Canisius and St. Bonaventure both lost women’s basketball games on Wednesday afternoon, but each had a reason for a sliver of optimism.
Two freshmen, each making her first varsity start, stood out in defeat for the Golden Griffins and Bonnies.
Shaunae Brown, 5-foot-8 from Toronto, scored a career best six points as the Griffs fell to Albany, 70-53, before 705 at the Koessler Center.
Olivia Brown led the Bonnies with 20 points in a 78-67 loss to undefeated Binghamton in Vestal before a turnout of 1,183.
Alexi Schecter scored a game-high 18 points in Albany’s win. The Great Danes (2-5) shot 48.4%.
Senior guard D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks led Canisius with 15 points, her fourth straight 15-point performance.
Albany outscored the Griffs, 22-11, in the second quarter to lead 40-26 at the half and expanded the margin to 58-36 after three quarters.
Anndea Zeigler, a junior from Cardinal O’Hara, suited up for Canisius for the first time this season and scored two points in 9 minutes of action.
“We knew their size up front would give us trouble and it did,” said Canisius coach Scott Hemer. “We played much harder and that’s certainly a positive but we have to do a better job finishing if we’re going to take another step closer to winning on a consistent basis. “
Canisius is 1-4 and will be off before a game at Vermont on Dec. 7.
Bona’s Brown played 39 minutes in the loss to Binghamton. The 5-8 guard from East Grand Rapids, Mich., made all four of her 3-point attempts and 7 of 11 field goal tries overall. She also had five rebounds and a pair of assists.
It was the second 20-point performance of the season for a Bona freshman. Olivia Tucker also had 20 in a loss at Bucknell on Nov. 13.
Senior guard Kai Moon, who is averaging 24.7, led the Bearcats with 28 points.