Ni­a­gara sets school record by mak­ing 15 3-point­ers in loss

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point game this sea­son, and the 12th in his ca­reer. Two of his 20-plus games have come against Saint Peter’s.

John­son, a ju­nior, has scored in dou­ble fig­ures in five straight games, and he has dished out seven or more as­sists in five straight games as well.

Cani­sius shot 48.1 per­cent over­all (25 of 52) from the field and was 9 of 24 (37.5 per­cent) from 3-point range.

Ni­a­gara, mean­while, re­mains the most un­pre­dictable team in the MAAC. The Pur­ple Ea­gles (11-4, 4-8), who own a 27-point win over first­place Mon­mouth but were routed by 21 points Marist on Fri­day, did a lot of pos­i­tive things in a 79-76 loss to Iona on Sun­day at Hynes Cen­ter in New Rochelle be­fore a crowd of 1,807.

The Pur­ple Ea­gles made a Ni­a­gara record 15 3-point­ers in 28 at­tempts and led for 23:08 of the 40 min­utes against the Gaels, but couldn’t make a shot when they needed in the fi­nal minute.

Ni­a­gara took its last lead, 76-75, on a tip-in by Ra­heem Solomon with 1:15 re­main­ing, then forced an Iona turnover only to come up empty on the pos­ses­sion.

With 15 sec­onds left, the Gaels’ E.J. Craw­ford was fouled. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, but team­mate Ta­juan Agee grabbed the re­bound and was fouled. He made both free throws to put Iona in front, 77-76, with 0:14 left.

Af­ter a Marvin Pro­chet jumper rimmed out with 0:01 left, Iona re­bounded the miss and Asante Gist scored the game’s fi­nal points at the foul line.

Mar­cus Ham­mond, a fresh­man from Queens, led Ni­a­gara with 18 points off the bench. Se­nior Marvin Pro­chet had 17 points and eight re­bounds and two more fresh­men, Do­minik Fra­gala and Solomon, had 10 points each for the Pur­ple Ea­gles.

Craw­ford led Iona with 21 points. Ni­a­gara was at­tempt­ing to sweep the reg­u­lar-sea­son series from Iona for the first time in 11 years and win for the third year in a row at Hynes Cen­ter.

Cani­sius and Ni­a­gara will have vis­its from Fair­field and Man­hat­tan on Fri­day and Sun­day af­ter­noon. First-place Mon­mouth’s game at Rider, the pre­sea­son con­fer­ence fa­vorite, on Fri­day is another key game.

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