Scores

Final

Canisius 70

(5-25, 1-17 MAAC)

Niagara 80

(14-18, 8-10 MAAC)

    9:30 PM ET, March 2, 2012

    MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

    1 2 T
    CAN 26 4470
    NIAG 33 4780

    Top Performers

    Canisius: H. Washington 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Niagara: A. Tanksley 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Niagara 80, Canisius 70

    Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Juan'ya Green had 20 points to pace five double-figure scorers for Niagara as the Purple Eagles got past Canisius 80-70 on Friday night in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

    Joseph Thomas added 15 points while Ameen Tanksley had 14 points and 10 rebounds for seventh-seeded Niagara (14-18). Malcolm Lemmons also chipped in with 12 points and Antoine Mason had 10 for the Purple Eagles, who advanced to play second-seeded Loyola, Maryland, in the MAAC tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

    Niagara trailed for most of the opening half before Green hit two 3-pointers within a two-minute span to help fuel an 11-1 run. The Purple Eagles were then up 20-15 and led the rest of the way. They took a seven-point halftime lead and outscored the Golden Griffins 47-44 in the second.

    Harold Washington scored 24 points for 11th-seeded Canisius (5-25).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CAN
    NIAG
    Points 70 80
    FG Made-Attempted 25-48 (.521) 24-58 (.414)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-17 (.412) 10-27 (.370)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-22 (.591) 22-31 (.710)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 15

    2011-12 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 19, 2012 NIAG 75, @CAN 56Recap
    Feb 15, 2012 @NIAG 60, CAN 57Recap
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