Derrick Colter, who a few seconds later had missed two vital free throws, hit a 22-foot running push shot at the buzzer to give Duquesne an 83-81 victory over St. Bonaventure before 2,947 at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.
Colter got his opportunity for redemption after Andell Cumberbatch of Bona missed a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left.
Charlon Kloof made two free throws with 13 to play to give the Bonnies an 81-80 lead. Kloof had 23 points and Matthew Wright 22 for Bona (12-8, 2-4 Atlantic 10). Ovie Soko led Duquesne with 27.
It took a late 7-1 run, but the University at Buffalo men finally fended off Northern Illinois for a 75-67 Mid-American Conference victory before 901 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb, Ill.
The win gave the Bulls (10-6, 4-2 MAC) a split on their road trip that began with a loss at Ball State on Thursday.
The Bulls led by only two points with 8 minutes to go before a three-pointer by Shannon Evans and jumpers by Deyshonee Much and Javon McCrea produced some breathing room.
Hot-shooting from three-point range led UB on a 21-8 run for a 29-21 lead in the first half and the Bulls stayed in front the rest of the way. UB made 5-of-7 threes in the half. Overall, the Bulls were 6 of 11 from beyond the arc.
McCrea led UB with 20 points and nine rebounds. Joshua Freelove, who was disqualified after picking up his second technical foul, had 13 and Will Regan 12. Aksel Bolin had 17 for the Huskies, including 3 of 6 from three-point range, but the other NIU players shot 0 for 11 from downtown.
Niagara’s women’s team threw a scare into Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference power Marist before falling to the Red Foxes, 61-52, in the McCann Center in Poughkeepsie. The game was tied at 52 when Leanne Ockenden of Marist hit a three with 2:07 left. Meghan McGuinness had 15 points for NU (6-13, 4-6).
The Bona women (16-6, 5-2 A-10) capped a successful road trip with a 53-48 Atlantic 10 victory over Richmond (9-11, 3-4 A-10) at the Robins Center in Richmond. Va. Bona held the Spiders to one field goal in the final nine minutes in posting its fourth win in a row.
Nyla Rueter had 14 points and Katie Healy (Lancaster) collected 15 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure.
The Canisius and UB women’s teams will be in action today on the road. Canisius (7-12, 3-7 MAAC) will try to end a two-game losing streak when it faces Siena (6-12, 1-8 MAAC) in Loudonville. The UB women (10-7, 3-3 MAC) will go after their fourth win in a row and first conference weekend sweep since 2003 in a 1 p.m. game at Ball State (8-9, 3-3 MAC).