Niagara defeats Canisius 66-54 to split series

2/5/10 in NCAABB

LEWISTON, N.Y. -- Rob Garrison scored 18 points and Anthony Nelson had 17 to lead Niagara to a 66-54 victory over Canisius on Friday night, splitting the season series.

The Purple Eagles (13-12, 6-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) scored 26 points off 21 Canisius turnovers and hit 9 of 27 shots from 3-point range.

Niagara, which lost to Canisius 73-70 in overtime on Jan. 29, took a 35-29 halftime lead. The Purple Eagles extended the lead to 44-34 with 16:50 left, but the Golden Griffins used an 11-0 run to pull ahead 45-44 with 12:19 to go.

Niagara responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good.

Canisius held Bilal Benn, Niagara's second-leading scorer (14.0) to six points, but he had 11 rebounds.

Julius Coles led the Golden Griffins (11-13, 6-7) with 16 points. Tomas Vazquez-Simmons had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

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