The Niagara women’s basketball team evened its record at 2-2 on the road with a 63-57 win over Binghamton at the Events Center in Vestal.
The Purple Eagles (4-4) had the lead throughout, but the Bearcats (1-9) were able to climb back within a single possession, 52-50, with just over two minutes left. Forced to foul, Binghamton sent Chanel Johnson, who had just checked into the game, to the line and the junior didn’t miss, giving Niagara back the multiple-possession lead 54-50.
Niagara went on to hit 9-of-12 chances from the free throw line during the final two minutes to come out with the victory and get back to .500. Lauren Gatto scored a team-high 14 points connecting on 7-of-13 opportunities. Kayla Stroman has 12 points for the Purple Eagles.
• University at Buffalo forward Will Regan (Nichols) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week after averaging 18 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of wins last week. At Milwaukee, the sophomore forward had 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Bulls earn a 72-52 road win. Against Niagara in Saturday’s win, he had 26 points.
• Canisius point guard Billy Baron was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Baron averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in helping the Golden Griffins earn conference wins at Fairfield and Marist.
Canisius is off to its first 2-0 start in the conference since 1997-98, and its 6-1 mark is its best through seven games in a season since the 1973-74 edition began the season with the same record.
Baron posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists in Sunday’s win at Marist.
For the season, Baron is second on Canisius in scoring at 17.7 ppg and he leads the MAAC in assists (6.0 ppg), a total which ranks 22nd nationally.