Ricky Coleman is on a roll and so are his University at Buffalo basketball Bulls.
Coleman, last week's Mideast Conference Player of the Week after leading the Bulls to three victories, celebrated Tuesday night with a career-high 30 points as UB built a 20-point halftime lead and held off Indiana (Pa.) University, 96-92, at Alumni Arena for its fifth straight victory.
"This was the biggest win of the season for us," said coach Dan Bazzani. "I thought our guys did a terrific job. We opened it up in the first half and hung on down the stretch. But we did the right things at the end to win it."
Coleman, a 6-foot-2 senior guard and captain who averaged 21.3 points in last week's three wins and became UB's seventh career 1,000-point scorer, totaled 20 of his 30 points Tuesday in the first half as the Bulls (6-2) broke to a 56-36 lead.
Playing all but one minute, he hit 11 of 17 from the field, including five of six from three-point range. Marlon Mills added 16 points, Torrance LeSure 14 and Dean Schott 14 for the Bulls.
UB, which hasn't won six in a row since the 1972-73 season, can match that streak when Albany State invades Alumni Arena at 8 tonight.
Elsewhere, Bill Perkins hit two free throws with 1:15 remaining to snap a 71-71 tie as Villa Maria defeated Hilbert, 78-73. Perkins led Villa (10-2) with 22 points.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The University at Buffalo overcame a seven-point halftime deficit in the first eight minutes after intermission en route to a 65-54 victory over Ashland. Lynette Bubel led UB (5-6) with 22 points while Brabdie Karhoff had 10 rebounds. . . . Junior Suzanne Row hit a layup with 44 seconds left to lift Canisius to a 59-57 win over St. Bonaventure. Anne Brocker led Canisius with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Beth Gromlowicz paced Bona with 19.
Canisius' men's basketball announced the Griffs' Dec. 22 meeting with Estonia at the Koessler Center has been canceled because of conflicts with exam schedules.
In a story on Christmas gifts for the sports-minded consumer which appeared Dec. 7, the phone number to order the table hockey game (The Official NHL Wayne Gretzky's Overtime Hockey) was printed incorrectly. The correct number for KST International is 416-829-3787.