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Men’s basketball: Last-second shot lifts Canisius over Bison

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Malik Johnson scored 27 points, but it was his backdoor feed to Jacco Fritz for a layup with eight-tenths of a second left that sent Canisius to an 83-81 victory over Bucknell on Saturday.

Avi Toomer scored a career-high 20 points in his first action of the season for the Bison, who hit 15 3-pointers for a second straight game but could not overcome 24 turnovers.

It was a wild, fast-paced game that featured 16 lead changes and 12 ties. Six of those lead changes came in the final 1:45, starting with a Jimmy Sotos 3-pointer that gave the Bison a 76-74 lead.

Canisius 83, Bucknell 81

BUCKNELL (2-2)

Moore 2-7 2-3 6, Newman 1-3 3-4 5, Toomer 6-10 5-6 20, Funk 6-11 0-0 15, Sotos 3-5 0-0 8, Meeks 4-10 2-2 12, Spear 2-4 0-0 6, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Ellis 3-5 0-0 9, Rice 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 12-15 81.

CANISIUS (1-2)

St. Louis 2-3 0-0 4, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Henderson 7-13 1-1 17, Johnson 11-17 3-4 27, Harried 2-6 1-5 6, White 2-3 1-4 5, Fritz 5-7 2-3 12, Hadzic 2-3 1-4 5, Ahemed 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon 2-3 0-0 4, Rautins 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 34-57 9-21 83.

Halftime: Bucknell 39-38. 3-Point Goals: Bucknell 15-30 (Toomer 3-5, Ellis 3-5, Funk 3-7, Spear 2-2, Sotos 2-4, Meeks 2-5, Moore 0-2), Canisius 6-14 (Henderson 2-4, Johnson 2-5, Rautins 1-1, Harried 1-3, Ahemed 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Bucknell 36 (Meeks 9), Canisius 17 (Johnson, Fritz 4). Assists: Bucknell 14 (Toomer, Rice 3), Canisius 15 (Johnson 6). Total Fouls: Bucknell 18, Canisius 13. A: 984 (2,176).

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