McMillan's 2nd half leads Canisius past rival Niagara 70-61

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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.