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Big 4 Basketball: Canisius falls on road

Canisius erased a 22-point deficit but couldn’t finish the comeback bid as the Golden Griffins fell to Iona, 69-66, in New Rochelle.

Canisius (8-11, 3-5 MAAC) got off to a slow start in the first half and made just 31.3% of its shots against the Gaels’ 46%.

Jordan Henderson paced the Griffs with 20 points while Majesty Brandon had 19. Malik Johnson had five points and nabbed 11 rebounds.

Iona (5-9, 3-4 MAAC) was led by Tajuan Agee with 24 points.

Canisius had fallen behind 59-37 in the middle of the second half. A trey from Henderson with 9:50 to play sparked a 15-point scoring spree.

The Griffs cut the lead to two points but two layups put the game out of reach.

Niagara loses to Monmouth

Niagara was knocked out of a tie for first place in the MAAC after an 82-71 loss to league-leading Monmouth in West Long Branch, N.J.

Marcus Hammond logged 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead all Niagara scorers.

The Purple Eagles (6-12, 4-3 MAAC) pulled the game to within one point at halftime before Monmouth put the game away late in the second half.

Bonnies may miss Osunniyi

St Bonaventure men’s basketball team may be without star center Osun Osunniyi for Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against Rhode Island.

SBUnfurled reported Friday that the star guard did not practice with the team as he recovers from concussion symptoms. The Bonnies (12-7, 4-2 A-10) will look to snap a two-game losing skid.

St. Bonaventure is 11-0 when he has played at least 18 minutes.

Rhode Island (13-5, 5-1 A-10) has won five of its first six Atlantic 10 games this season, including a 65-56 win over VCU.

UB women face Kent State

UB’s women’s basketball team wraps up its two-game road tour with a 2 p.m. game at rival Kent State.

A win Saturday would be head coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s 156th with UB, breaking Sal Buscaglia’s record of 155 that he set as the Bulls’ coach from 1990-98.

Canisius, Niagara at home

Canisius will look for its first women’s basketball win since Jan. 4 as the Golden Griffins host Saint Peter’s at the Koessler Center at 2 p.m.

The Griffs (2-14, 1-6 MAAC) are coming off of a 70-57 loss to Rider on Thursday while the Peacocks (4-12, 1-6 MAAC) suffered a hard-fought defeat to Niagara.

Meanwhile, Niagara (6-10, 4-3) has a tall order on its hands as MAAC-leading Rider comes to the Gallagher Center for a 1 p.m. tip. The Broncs (13-2, 6-0 MAAC) have won their last 10 games.

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