BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Junior Fortunat scored 12 points off the bench and Rider beat Canisius 65-61 Saturday.
The Broncs (18-12, 12-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) avenged an earlier 67-50 loss to Canisius (18-12, 11-7). 25. Trailing 38-31 at halftime, Rider outscored the Golden Griffins 34-23 in the second half for its fifth straight win.
Canisius, up 11 points early, started quickly when Alshwan Hymes recorded his 1,000th career point with a 3-pointer to start the game. He was 1 of 6 on treys afterwards, scoring 7 points. Canisius, 7 of 25 on treys, was 2 for 10 after the break.
Fortunat hit 5 of 5 from the field. Jonathon Thompson and Nurideen Lindsey scored 11 points apiece, Lindsey hitting 5 of 6 from the floor. Rider made 25 of 46 shots and outscored Canisius 34-20 in the paint.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.