Canisius’ Harold Washington scored a team-high 16 points, while Billy Baron scored 13 points with eight coming in the second half as the Golden Griffins defeated Saint Peter’s, 68-59, Saturday at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.
Canisius (17-10, 10-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) is the team’s seventh win in its last 10 games, while the Peacocks fell to 8-18 overall and 3-13 in conference play.
Washington went 5 for 10 from the field, including 3 for 5 from three-point range and 3 for 5 from the free-throw line.
Baron added six rebounds and two assists, while senior Isaac Sosa scored 10 points and picked up three steals. Canisius got significant contributions from their reserves, as seniors Alshwan Hymes and Freddy Asprilla and sophomore Josiah Heath combined for 20 points and 13 rebounds.
“This was a good team effort here today and we really got some great minutes from guys off the bench,” Canisius coach Jim Baron said. “I thought the effort we got from Alshwan, Josiah and Freddy was key, especially after Chris Manhertz got in foul trouble.”
In Oxford, Ohio, Tony Watson scored a career-high 31 points and Javon McCrea had 20 points to lead the University at Buffalo past Miami (Ohio) 79-71 in a Mid-American Conference game before 1,067 at Millett Hall.
Watson has been on fire of late. The senior guard, who had six assists, went 10 for 14 from the field and has hit 26 three-pointers over the last seven games. McCrea had six rebounds and made 9-of-14 shots, while freshman point guard Jarryn Skeete had a career-high six assists.
UB (11-15, 6-6 Mid-American Conference) trailed 35-31 with 2:58 left in the first half, but used a 8-0 run before halftime to pull ahead 39-35. Miami (8-16, 3-9) cut the deficit to 48-47 with 13:40 left in the second half, but didn’t pull closer after Watson made back-to-back treys.
In Richmond, Va., St. Bonaventure (11-13, 4-7 Atlantic 10) erased a late double-digit deficit to force overtime, but for the second straight game fell short in losing to Richmond, 83-80, at the Robins Center. The Bonnies also lost on Wednesday in overtime to La Salle at home.
Bona’s Eric Mosley scored 30 points but also committed a key turnover with 13 seconds left and the Bonnies trailing 79-77. Richmond made four consecutive free throws in the final 13 seconds to win the game.
Today, first-place Niagara, who are a MAAC-best 6-2 in conference road games, wrap up their conference road schedule against streaking Manhattan at 2 p.m.
Niagara (15-11, 11-4) halted its three-game losing with a 57-54 victory at Marist on Friday night. Sophomore guard Juan’ya Green drained the winner with a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left.
The Purple Eagles, who have a one-game lead over Loyola (Md.) heading into Saturday, edged Manhattan, 64-60, in the first meeting of the season. The Jaspers (10-15, 8-7) have the conference’s longest winning streak at four games.