MAAC Update: Niagara Blows Out Siena; Fairfield Wards Off Rider

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MAAC Update: Niagara Blows Out Siena; Fairfield Wards Off Rider
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All but two MAAC teams (Loyola vs. St. Peter's was cancelled because of weather) were in action on Friday night. 

 

Current MAAC Standings

Siena 14-1

Iona 10-5

Fairfield 10-5

St. Peter's 9-5

Rider  7-8

Niagara 7-8

Loyola 5-9

Manhattan 4-11

Marist 1-14

 

 

Marist @ Canisius

 

Canisius and Marist opened the night for the MAAC. Marist's one win came in a close game against Manhattan at the start of January.

Marist only scored two points in the first eight minutes but fought back to stay within six points at halftime. 

Canisius came out strong in the second half and did not give any room for Marist to think about its second win on the season. Canisius went up by 64-49 with six minutes left. Marist scored the final four points to cut the final score to 71-56. 

Julius Coles led Canisius with 18 points, but Frank Turner had the best overall game. Turner scored 16 points, dished out 10 assists, and grabbed seven rebounds.

Candon Rusin led Marist in scoring with 17 points.

 

 

Fairfield @ Rider

 

This game was close all the way. The largest lead of the game on either side was Fairfield by six.

Fairfield led 71-66 with 2:32 left, but Rider still had some fight. Jhamar Youngblood made a lay-up with two minutes left to cut the lead to three points. With 11 seconds left, Youngblood dunked on a fast break to cut the lead to 71-70. 

Anthony Johnson split a pair of free throws to put Fairfield up 72-70. Justin Robinson came down the floor for Rider and hit a game-tying lay-up. 

Fairfield scored the first five points of overtime. Rider could not hit shots in the final few minutes, and Fairfield won 79-75.

Johnson led all scorers with 27 points. He also had 14 rebounds. 

Freshman star Derek Needham scored 20 points for the Stags.

All of Rider's starters scored in double digits. Ryan Thompson led the Broncs with 18 points.

 

 

Manhattan @ Iona

 

Poor execution by the Jaspers cost them their first game against Iona, and they lost 56-53. But this time, the Jaspers had different plans.

Iona led 5-3 early on, but that would be its final lead of the game. Manhattan went on a 15-5 run to take a double-digit lead. Manhattan would go up as many as 19 points, taking a 40-21 lead into halftime.

Iona came out strong in the second half with an 11-0 run, cutting the lead to eight. After Barry Rohrssen took a time-out, the Jaspers responded with a 7-0 run to push the lead back to double digits. 

Manhattan looked like it was in a comfortable position, up 59-51 with 2:23 left, but a Ben Mockford three-pointer cut the lead to five. Rico Pickett then split a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession.

Jermel Jenkins hit two free throws with 35 seconds left to cut the lead to 60-56. Pickett then responded with his own pair of free throws. 

Iona chose not to take a time-out and ran up the floor. Milan Prodanovic dished to Kyle Smyth, who drained a three-pointer. Laurence Jolicoeur hit a pair of free throws to put the Jaspers up two possessions with 18.6 seconds left. 

Ben Mockford turned the ball over for Iona, and then just about wrapped things up. Nick Walsh hit two free throws to put Manhattan up 66-59. 

Patrick Bouli then committed an utterly stupid foul with six seconds left at half court. Rashon Dwight split the free throws, and then the Jaspers ran out the clock. 

Pickett led all scorers with 24 points. This was the MAAC's leading scorer's first time in the starting lineup in a few games. 

Darryl Crawford scored 14, and freshman Mohammed Koita scored 10—all in the first half. Koita suffered an "unspecified right wrist injury" early in the second half and missed the rest of the game. 

Kyle Smyth led Iona with 12 points. Scott Machado had 11 points and five rebounds before fouling out late in the second half.

 

 

Siena @ Niagara

 

And finally, the matchup of the night. Last year, Niagara hosted Siena and handed the Saints their first conference loss of the year. This year, they looked at repeating. 

Siena got out to a nine-point lead with seven minutes left in the first half. But Siena hit a cold stretch and let Niagara crawl back in and even take a 39-37 lead at halftime.

The game stayed tight for the first seven minutes of the second half, and then the rout started. 

Niagara went on a 15-0 run to take a 70-53 lead. Siena looked like it might crawl back in, cutting the lead back to 70-57, but then Niagara went on a quick 6-2 run.

Niagara would go up as many as 18 with 3:15 left. A three-pointer by Kyle Griffin cut the final score to 87-74, and then the party started in Niagara. 

Ryan Rossiter led Siena with 23 points and 12 rebounds. 

Edwin Ubiles scored 12 points, and Alex Franklin added nine points and eight rebounds.

Tyrone Lewis led all scorers with 24 points. Lewis also had four assists. 

Kashief Edwards scored 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Edwards had two big dunks in the second half to give Niagara some momentum. Bilal Benn recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. 

 

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The MAAC is back in action on Sunday, February 14. Iona hosts Loyola, Niagara hosts Marist, and Canisius hosts Siena. 

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