Positioning for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament will be on the line today for Canisius.
Canisius, is 11-17 overall and 8-9 in the MAAC after its 51-36 win over Niagara Friday night at the Gallagher Center. Coaach Terry Zeh’s team must win at Siena today (2 p.m.) to avoid playing the prequarterfinal round of the MAAC Tournament. A win over the Saints (11-17, 7-10) would clinch at least sixth place in the conference and allow Canisius to get an extra day of rest and start play Friday. A loss to the Saints would mean seventh place and a prequarterfinal round game on Thursday in Springfield, Mass., most likely against Saint Peter’s.
Canisius won the first meeting with Siena on Jan. 4 at the Koessler Center, 65-62.
Against Niagara Friday, the Griffs held the Purple Eagles to just 20.4 percent shooting from the field in their best defensive game of the season. No Canisius player scored in double figures, Jen Morabito and Ashley Wilkes had nine points apiece.
Meanwhile, Niagara (14-14, 9-8 MAAC) plays at Manhattan (3-14, 6-22) a team already destined for the prequarterfinal round, at 2 p.m. today in Riverdale. Niagara is in fifth place in the MAAC standings, a game behind Rider (10-7, 15-13). Niagara is already guaranteed a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals, and a fifth-place finish appears likely.
In other games today, the University at Buffalo (9-18, 7-7 Mid-American Conference) will close the regular season with two home games, beginning today against Kent State (3-24, 1-13) at 2 p.m. (Radio 1340). The Bulls lost Thursday at Bowling Green, 56-43. UB won at Kent State on Jan. 16, 69-54.
St. Bonaventure (9-19, 2-11), eliminated from qualifying for the Atlantic 10 Tournament with Wednesday’s loss to Fordham, will close the schedule today against La Salle (8-20, 4-9) at 1 p.m. in the Reilly Center. It will be the final game for seniors Alaina Walker and Jordan McGee.