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Canisius eliminates Niagara 102-97 in 3OT behind Valenti

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Phil Valenti scored a career high 33 points as Canisius outlasted Niagara 102-97 in triple overtime in a first-round game in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday night.

Canisius advances to play Iona in the quarterfinals Friday.

Valenti made two free throws with 1:04 left in the third overtime to give Canisius (14-18) the lead for good at 99-97.

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Leaders
Points: E. Blackman15.8
Rebounds: M. Scott7.1
Assists: C. Fowler2.8
FG%: E. Blackman43.4%
FT%: E. Blackman80.5%
3P%: No qualifiers
Steals: M. Scott1.3
Blocks: D. Robb1.1
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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Metro Atlantic Athletic Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Monmouth 17-3 28-8
Iona 16-4 22-11
Siena 13-7 21-13
Fairfield 12-8 19-14
Saint Peter's 12-8 14-16
Manhattan 9-11 13-18
Canisius 8-12 14-19
Rider 8-12 13-20
Quinnipiac 6-14 9-21
Niagara 5-15 7-25
Marist 4-16 7-23
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 64.6 (332)
Rebounds: 12.0 (80)
Assists: 10.8 (328)
FG%: 40.4% (323)
FT%: 69.5% (186)
3P%: 28.2% (347)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 72.0 (176)
Rebounds: 24.5 (247)
Assists: 14.4 (269)
FG%: 42.5% (117)
FT%: 74.2% (342)
3P%: 35.7% (250)
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