Griffs outlast Purple Eagles in 3OT

Posted at 11:47 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 13:45:47-05

The latest chapter in the Battle of the Bridge rivalry will be hard to top.

The seventh-seeded Canisius men’s basketball team beat tenth-seeded Niagara 102-97 in triple overtime in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Golden Griffins forward Phil Valenti scored a game-high and career-high 33 points.  He also chipped in with nine rebounds.

Emile Blackman paced the Purple Eagles with 26 points.

Canisius (14-18 overall) advances to the MAAC quarterfinals to face second-seeded Iona on Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Niagara’s season comes to an end with a 7-25 overall record.


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