Niagara stuns Canisius 91-84 in Battle of the Bridge

Posted at 10:40 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 23:42:26-05

180th showdown in the Battle of the Bridge did not disappoint Monday night at the Gallagher Center.

Niagara led by as many as 18 and held on late for a thrilling 91-84 win over rival Canisius.

The win is the second straight for Niagara, which improves to 7-14 (4-6 MAAC).

Canisius has now lost three straight, it's longest stretch since opening the year with back-to-back losses to No. 2 Kentucky and Cleveland State to open the season.

The victory is the first in four tries by the Purple Eagles, who were swept in three games last season by the Griffs.

There wasn't much Niagara missed against their foes. They shot a blistering 53 percent from the floor and went 17-for-17 from the charity stripe.

Four Purple Eagles hit double-figures including Marvin Prochet (19), Matt Scott (18), Khalil Dukes (17) and Kevin Larkin (16).

The Griffs Phil Valenti, who scored 20 in the loss, turned in a Herculean effort down the stretch, scoring seven straight points as Canisius pulled to within five in the final minute.

Niagara Falls native Jermaine Crumpton led all scorers with 22.