Niagara Gazette

Sports

February 14, 2014

Canisius comes back, earns sweep of NU

Niagara Gazette — LEWSITON — The Niagara Purple Eagles could’ve used a lesson in closing out games a week ago.

After blowing a late lead for the third straight game, they got it Friday night courtesy of the rival Canisius Golden Griffins.

Canisius’ Chris Perez hit the go-ahead layup with 57 seconds left and star guard Billy Baron hit six straight free throws to put the game away as Niagara lost its third straight to a top Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent, 71-65 at the Gallagher Center.

Niagara (6-20, 3-12 MAAC) held its largest lead, 44-33, with 17:01 left in the second half and led by nine with 12:30 remaining. That’s when Canisius (17-9, 11-4 MAAC) made its run.

Jordan Heath finished a put-back dunk, Perez hit a pair of free throws and Baron hit a layup to pull within three. NU senior Marvin Jordan missed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, and Baron unloaded from deep to tie the game at 52.

Canisius took its first lead of the second half with 7:44 left when Heath drained a 3 from the corner. Jordan responded with a trey of his own just 10 seconds later, and Antoine Mason hit a high jumper over the 6-foot-10 Heath to push give NU a 61-57 lead.

The Golden Griffins tied it at 61 on a Phil Valenti free throw with 4:30 left, and both teams went cold for almost two minutes. NU’s Marcus Ware snapped the streak with a put-back off a Mason miss with 2:49 left, and NU had a chance to extend its lead after Baron came up short on a jumper.

Mason dribbled around the outside of the arc, trapped by a cheating Canisius defender each time he attempted a drive. Eventually, he coughed the ball up to Perez, who was fouled by Ramone Snowden on a fast break.

Perez sank both free throws to tie it at 63 with 1:55 remaining. NU coach Chris Casey called a timeout to set up a play, but Canisius coach Jim Baron switched defenses and Niagara ended up with a shot clock violation.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page