Meghan McGuinness’ free throws in overtime were the difference as the Niagara University women’s basketball team won a 66-63 thriller against Colgate on Sunday night in the Gallagher Center.

“This is one of those non-conference games that gives you great experience for the conference play,” said NU coach Kendra Faustin. “We haven’t been in this particular situation, and we executed down the stretch, and we got what we wanted.”

Niagara had a chance to win in regulation, but a three-pointer from Kayla Stroman rimmed out. Lauren Gatto opened overtime with the last of her team-high 18 points to put Niagara ahead 64-62. Colgate made the front end of a one-and-one.

With time running out, and Colgate forced to foul, it sent McGuinness to the line with 9.7 seconds left in the game. The sophomore hit both.

Gatto finished 7 for 15 (46.7 percent) from the floor and 4 for 4 from the line to lead the team in scoring for the seventh time this year. Chanel Johnson led the team with eight rebounds while adding five points and three assists.

Canisius at Koessler

Harold Washington is looking forward to Longwood University’s visit to the Koessler Center tonight at 7 because last year’s meeting was a win-win situation for him. The Canisius College senior guard connected for 30 points against the Lancers last year, an 87-83 road win. It was the first meeting between the schools.

Canisius (6-2, 2-0 MAAC) is coming off an 85-61 road setback at No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday. Washington and junior Billy Baron both average 17.4 points for the Griffs.

Longwood, the newest member of the Big South Conference, is 3-7 overall following an 86-74 home win over Division III Southern Virginia last Thursday.

They are led by junior Tristan Carey (15.4 points, 22 threes) and Michael Kessens (13.0 points, 10.7 rebounds).