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COLEMAN NETS 27 AS UB DUMPS MERCYHURST

University at Buffalo guard Ricky Coleman scored 27 points as he climbed into the UB history books while leading the Bulls to a 74-66 win over Mercyhurst in the championship game of the Shooter's Roundup Classic at Alumni Arena Saturday night.

The 6-foot-2 senior from Binghamton now has scored 1,010 career points, making him the sixth-highest scorer in UB history.

Coleman, who was named the torunament's Most Valuable Player, cashed UB's first nine points and was the subject of a brief game-stopping ceremony when he scored his 15th, 16th and 17th points of the game -- on one of his three three-point baskets of the night -- with 6:10 gone in the second half.

That triple made Coleman just the seventh UB player ever to score 1,000.

"Rick is Rick," said UB coach Dan Bazzani. "You're going to get that night in and night out from him. He's been so consistent for us."

The victory, before 1,270 fans, gave UB (5-2) the second straight win in its home tournament and also marked the Bulls' fourth straight victory. Buffalo and Mercyhurst (4-6) will meet twice more later in regular Mideast Collegiate Conference play.

Although the final margin was only eight points, UB was in control most of the second half. Coleman's game-halting score put the Bulls ahead by 11, 45-34. They later stretched the advantage to 17 points after guard Dean Schott sank two straight three-pointers from the far corner to make it 62-45. Schott hit 4 of 11 three-pointers and finished with 14 points.

Lakers forward Kraig Swanger also had 27 points, including 8 of 10 free throws, before fouling out in the final minutes. Swanger led with nine rebounds. UB's Torrance LeSure pulled down seven.

The Bulls led, 35-28, at intermission after a briskly played first half, which saw the the lead change hands five times and the score tied four times, at 2, 13, 22 and 26 points.

Daemen guard Rob Robinson scored 22 points to lead the Warriors (4-7) to a 74-72 win over St. Thomas of Miami, Fla. (1-7) in the consolation game.

The all-tourney team included UB's Mills and Schott, Swanger, Robinson and St. Thomas' Leon Pierre.

UB hosts Indiana (Pa.) Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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