Niagara Gazette — Niagara outrebounded the Griffs, 46-38, led by Sylvia Maxwell, with eight.
“I think we came out in the first half and, offensively, we didn’t have the flow we wanted to have,” Jones said. “I thought our defensive flow was great, especially in the second half. … It was a grind. We fought until the end. We played 40 minutes. We really rebounded well. Although our shots weren’t falling, there really were some positives to take away.”
For the first time in years, Friday’s rivalry game had seemed to carry very little meaning for either team.
Niagara entered the game with a shot to move up as far as third in the conference with a pair of weekend wins. But, with the loss, Niagara is all but locked into the fifth seed and a matchup against Rider in the first round of next weekend’s MAAC tournament while Canisius has its sights set on their game Sunday, when they’ll try to avoid the play-in round with a win.
The Golden Griffins did, however, avenge their loss to Niagara back on Jan. 27, when Niagara controlled the game from start to finish in a 62-49 win.
“It was a direct opposite (of the team’s first meeting),” Jones said. “Maybe Canisius came in with something to prove, I’m not sure. In terms of what we can control, we controlled our defense tonight. We did what we had to do on that end and sometimes the ball doesn’t fall in the hoop for you and I think that’s just what happened tonight. We’re going to get back into it.”Follow contributor Brandon Schlager on Twitter @B_Schlag.