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Niagara-Loyola Game Wrap

Loyola (Md) 89, Niagara 87 (2OT)

How Loyola Won: Give the Greyhounds a ton of credit for this one. They were down three after their leading scorer and emotional leader (Robert Olson, 23 points) fouled out with 7:27 remaining. How'd they rebound and persevere? By putting six players in double figures and producing textbook execution of a long inbounds play with 2.9 seconds left in the second OT. The results have shown the MAAC's top four of five teams are evenly matched. It should make for an interesting conference tournament.

Player of the Game: Loyola's Anthony Winbush (13 points, game-high 13 rebounds) made two clutch free throws near the end of regulation and was dead-on target with the long inbounds pass to Erik Etherly that set up the decisive Julius Brooks basket.

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Duquesne-St. Bonaventure game analysis

Game analysis: Playing without junior guard Matthew Wright, St. Bonaventure brought Jordan Gathers off the bench to fill the void, and the Bonnies sizzling 3-point shooting helped keep hard-charging Duquesne at bay, 68-60.

How St. Bonaventure won: Bona was on fire from downtown and connected on 12 of 22, including 5 of 10 in the second half. The Dukes were also strong from long range, hitting 11 of 24.

Turning Point: The Bonnies closed the first half on an 8-0 run, capped by Gathers 3 before the halftime buzzer.

Player of the Game: Gathers hasn't seen a lot of minutes lately but he played 30 on Saturday and didn't miss a shot. (5-for-5, 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.

Key stat: The Bonnies were all over the glass (35-24).

What It Means: Canisius moves up to 10-10 overall and 3-4 in the A-10.

In the House: 4,991 in the RC.

He said it: "It's a heck of a league and the teams that we're playing, all the way back to N.C. State and Colorado State, are top 50 teams. I was reading the other day where other than the Big 10, the Atlantic 10 has 10 teams in the Top 100 in the RPI and that tells you everything you need to know about this league." - St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt on the A-10.

Up next: The Bonnies take the road for a game against No. 9 ranked Butler for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.

---Rodney McKissic

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Niagara-Iona Game Wrap

Niagara 93, Iona 90 (OT)

How Niagara Won: 'Twas magic is what it was. Down 15 midway through the second half and down seven with 45 seconds left in regulation, the Purple Eagles tied it on a Juan'ya Green three and won it in OT on another trey by Green. Stunning. Iona appeared to have secured the victory that would tie it for first place in the conference but the Purple Eagles, as is so often the case and particularly on their home floor, just wouldn't go away. They came up with key steals down the stretch. They went on a rampage on the offensive glass. And when Iona failed to make the free throws that would have locked things up Niagara barged through the door and shouted, "Here we are."

Players of the Game: Green and Antoine Mason combined to rip the Gaels' hearts out. Time and again in the final 10 minutes they drove into the paint and either scored or went to the line. Mason had a career-high 30 points, 17 of them after intermission. Grey scored 26 to go with eight assists against just one turnover. They outplayed Iona's heralded backcourt combination of Momo Jones (23 points) and Sean Armand (11).

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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