Billy Baron, the nation’s fourth leading scorer, finished with 17 points on Saturday as Canisius College cruised to an easy, 84-58, victory over Fairfield in Bridgeport, Conn.
Canisius (16-7, 10-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) opened the second half on a 13-2 run, as the Stags (4-18, 1-10) made just 1 of 8 coming out of the break, and cruised to the big win.
The Golden Griffins forced 19 turnovers while committing just eight. Dominique Raney had 15 points, Chris Manhertz scored 14 points and gathered 10 rebounds while Zach Lewis added 11.
“This was a great team win, and it comes after we had a battle at Quinnipiac on Thursday,” Canisius coach Jim Baron said. “We started off a little slow, but the guys kept to our game plan and I thought our pressure, especially in the second half, really forced their young guards to make mistakes. Chris Manhertz was a beast today. He is a match-up problem for Fairfield and he went to work at both ends of the floor.”
The Griffs led by as many as 30 points after Raney connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:05 left to play. In the second half, Canisius shot 48.4 percent from the field and turned 12 Fairfield turnovers into 16 points. The Stags ended the game by shooting 33.3 percent from the field, 24.3 percent from 3-point range and just 38.5 percent from the free-throw line. Fairfield has 19 turnovers in the loss and each team pulled down 44 rebounds for the contest.
In Poughkeepsie, Niagara University lost for the fourth time in its last five games as Jay Bowie’s career-high 31 points led Marist to a 78-64 win.
Bowie was 11 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 6 3-point range, and pulled down eight rebounds. Marist (8-14, 5-7) got 14 points from Chavaughn Lewis and Adam Kemp had 10.
Niagara (6-17, 3-9) missed eight of its first nine shots in the second half as Marist went on an 11-0 run — including a pair of layups by Bowie — to open a 12-point lead midway through. A trey by Khallid Hart at 10:35 extended that lead to 22 and though Niagara chipped away, never really challenged down the stretch.
Antoine Mason, the nation’s leading scorer, paced the Purple Eagles with 19 points. Marcus Ware added 14 and Marvin Jordan 12
In Big 4 women’s basketball, St. Bonaventure defeated Fordham, 74-67, in the Reilly Center as Katie Healy (Lancaster) tied a career-high with 27 points and Chelsea Bowker scored all 13 of her points in the second half. The Bonnies (17-6, 6-2 Atlantic 10) extended its win streak to five games.
There were six different lead changes in the second half, but Fordham held its final lead before the Bonnies then went on a 21-12 run over the final seven minutes to seal the victory. Healy scored 11 of those points and Nyla Rueter hit two big jumpers in the final four minutes, one that extended St. Bonaventure’s lead to six points. The Bonnies knocked down nine out of 10 free throws in the final minute and finished an 18-for-22 from the line.
Elsewhere, Niagara had four players in double figures but fell at home to Quinnipiac, 93-78. Four Purple Eagles finished the game in double-digit scoring. Megahn McGuinness shot 7-for-12 from the field and Victoria Rampado hit 7-of-8 free throws to tie for team scoring honors with 17 points.
The University at Buffalo men’s and women’s teams are on the road today. The men (11-6, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) play at Bowling Green (9-11, 3-4) at 2 p.m., while the women (11-7, 4-3), who have won their lsat five, face Akron (11-8, 5-3) also at 2 p.m.