January 22, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Malcolm McMillan had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, Phil Valenti added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Canisius beat longtime rival Niagara 70-61 Friday night.

Valenti had 12 points in the first half as Canisius held a 32-30 lead. McMillan scored all but two of his points in the second half, including 8-of-8 shooting from the stripe in the final 1:30.

Matt Scott hit two free throws with 2:40 left to pull Niagara to 57-53. But Kevin Bleeker answered with a 3-point play and McMillan hit two free throws for a nine-point lead.

Kassius Robertson added 15 points for Canisius (10-10, 5-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), which set a program record with its fourth straight victory in the Gallagher Center.

Scott scored 20 points for the Purple Eagles (5-15, 3-6), who faced Canisius, located just 24 miles away, for the 177th time since 1904.

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