It was a night of big wins for the Canisius men and the University at Buffalo women.
The Golden Griffins had a hot start, then held off a charging Quinnipiac team to earn an 86-74 win in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.
The UB women, meanwhile, picked up their fifth straight win, edging Miami (Ohio), 58-56, in a Mid-American Conference matchup.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing night for the Niagara men, who dropped a 66-62 decision to Siena.
In Hamden, Conn., Canisius (15-7, 9-2 MAAC) led by as many as 18, going up 31-13 with 8:19 left in the first half but Quinnipiac closed out the half on a 10-3 run to pull within nine, 41-32, at the break.
The lead stayed around nine for most of the early second half before the Bobcats went on an 8-1 run to cut the lead to two points, 46-46. The Griffs responded with a 7-0 run to solidify the lead and pace Canisius to its third straight win.
Canisius matched Quinnipiac (12-8, 7-4 MAAC) on the boards with each side pulling down 38 – a key for the Griffs as Quinnipiac entered the game ranked third in the nation in rebounding.
Freshman Zach Lewis, who grew up about half an hour outside Hamden, scored 17. Baron finished with a team-high 20.
“This is a good win for us,” Canisius coach Jim Baron said. “Quinnipiac is as good as anybody in their home building. The bench provided very important minutes tonight. It was a great homecoming for Zach Lewis, who got open shots and hit them.”
In Alumni Arena, Karin Moss took the ball the length of the floor and scored with four seconds left to give the Bulls (12-7, 5-3 MAC) the win over Miami.
“I know that I’m quicker than the defenders and I’d been getting by them all game, and I figured ‘you know what, let’s just finish it right now,’ so I took it to the hole,” Moss said.
Margeaux Gupilan scored 18 of her 20 points in the first half while Mackenzie Loesing added 19.
In Albany, Antoine Mason scored just six points in the second half as Niagara (6-16, 3-8 MAAC) fell to Siena at the Times Union Center.
Evan Hymes hit a three-pointer with 43 seconds left in the game to put Siena up, 62-61. The teams traded field goals with Marquis Wright scoring on a three-point play with 10 seconds left to seal the win for the Saints (10-12, 6-5 MAAC).
Mason finished with 18 points.