Buffalo State (11-8, 7-8 in the SUNYAC) won its third in a row, defeating visiting Oneonta, 79-58, at the Bengals' Sports Arena. The victory by coach Dick Bihr's men's basketball team came on the heels of Friday night's 58-42 triumph over New Paltz and an upset over Geneseo last Tuesday.
Steven Becker (13 points) and Pat Adams (11) led a balanced Bengals attack. The Bengals shot 60 percent (15 of 25) in the second half after taking a 32-26 lead into the intermission.
Meanwhile, Robb Fitchlee (Kenmore West) had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Nate Duver scored 20 and Matt Moore added 15 in Fredonia's 71-60 victory over visiting New Paltz in a SUNYAC game. The Blue Devils are 10-8 overall, 7-7 in the SUNYAC. . . . Monty Montgomery (Bennett) hit a career high 35 points and came down with 10 rebounds as Daemen (14-11 overall) improved to 4-1 in the Northeast Atlantic Conference with a 107-92 triumph over Mount Aloysius (Pa). Montgomery also had 10 rebounds. He was 22 of 25 from the free-throw line. . . . Mike Tyszka (West Seneca East) had 21 points and Ed Hill had 18 with eight assists to lead Hilbert (10-8) over Keuka. . . . D'Youville defeated Cazenovia, 98-94, in overtime as James Hunt led the way with 30 points and Brent Jamieson had 28. . . . Erie CC (17-7, 7-4) got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Joel Chirico and 19 points from Lawrence Maroney (Iroquois) in a 93-76 victory over visiting Alfred State.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The University at Buffalo (14-6, 5-4) pulled away in the second half for a 62-49 Mid-American Conference victory over Marshall (8-12, 2-7) in Huntington, W.Va., and a sweep of the season series against the Thundering Herd.
After a 35-35 tie early in the second half, the Bulls took charge by outscoring the Herd, 19-7. Three straight baskets by Tiffany Bell started the run. Eight straight by Mari McClure helped build the lead to 52-42. McClure finished with 18 points. Bell had 12.
Canisius (6-14, 3-9) led favored Loyola of Maryland by three points at halftime but couldn't sustain the performance and lost to the Greyhounds, 71-57, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game. Shauna Geronzin led the Griffs with 22 points. Erica Rath had 24 for Loyola (13-8, 7-5), which had lost to Canisius eight days ago at the Koessler Center.
Katie Murphy and Amy Getman each scored 17 points to lead Niagara (9-12, 6-6) over Rider (5-16, 3-9), 81-63, in a MAAC game in Lawrenceville, N.J. Jessie O'Donohue added 14 points for the Purple Eagles.
Visiting Oneonta (18-1, 14-1 in the SUNYAC) shot 53.8 in building an 11-point halftime lead and went onto a 66-56 victory over Buffalo State. Paula Polce's 24 points led the Red Dragons. Chrissy Milleville (Niagara-Wheatfield) had 15 points and Monica Polka (Lewiston-Porter) 14 for the Lady Bengals (13-6, 9-6). . . . Monica Mihalics (Hutch-Tech) went over the 1,000-point mark for her career at Daemen when she scored nine points in the Lady Warriors' 64-58 triumph over visiting Mount Aloysius (Pa.). Adrienne Welka (North Tonawanda) had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Crystal DeRosa also had 14 points for Daemen. . . . Fredonia bowed to visiting New Paltz, 54-46. Renee Harpster (Holy Angels) led the Blue Devils (10-8, 7-7) with 17 points. Elissa Galenda (Lake Shore) had 13 points and 12 rebounds. . . . A 28-point, 14-rebound performance by Amanda Smolarek (Immaculata) was not enough as Hilbert bowed to Keuka, 69-67. . . . D'Youville rallied from 15 down and defeated Chatham (Pa.), 63-58. Tricia Peter (14), Carrie Stevens (13) and Julie Bentley (12 with 12 rebounds) led D'Youville (7-7).
MEN'S HOCKEY: Chris Welch scored a hat trick and backup goalie Scott Lindsay needed only 11 saves for the shutout in Niagara's 5-0 victory over Findlay in a College Hockey America game before 1,251 at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. Hannu Karru and Chris Sebastian also scored for Niagara. The Purple Eagles (13-12-3, 10-3-1) still share first place in the CHA with Alabama-Huntsville, which edged last-place Bemidji State, 2-1.
Matt Shewchuk had the lone goal, his second in two nights, as Canisius fell to Connecticut, 4-1, in a MAAC game in Storrs, Conn. The Ice Griffs are 10-10-3, 8-8-3 in the MAAC. . . . Todd Nowicki (O'Hara) and Joe Urbanik each had a goal and an assist in Buffalo State's 4-2 loss to Oswego. The Bengals are 10-11-1 overall, 2-9-0 in SUNYAC. Oswego is 15-6-1, 8-3-0. . . . Jason Furness had a goal and an assist and Dave Barnett had the other goal as Fredonia skated to a 2-2 tie with visiting Cortland. The Blue Devils (10-10-3, 4-5-2 in SUNYAC) outshot the Red Dragons (9-11-2, 4-5-2), 38-29. . . . Mike Latza (Cheektowaga), C.J. Hall (Amherst) and Kevin Shields (Hutch-Tech) each scored two goals in ECC's 12-0 rout of Broome CC.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Niagara University inflicted more damage on the top teams in the ECAC Saturday. The Purple Eagles (14-10-3, 6-8-3) followed up last weekend's win and tie on the road at fourth-place Northeastern with a 3-1 upset of third-place St. Lawrence (14-10-3, 6-8-3) at Appleton Arena in Canton. . . . Valerie Hall scored short-handed in the third period and Brooke Bradburn scored twice in the third period, once into an empty net, for the Purple Eagles. NU goalie Tania Pinelli had 22 saves. . . . Emma Wadsworth had all four goals in Buffalo State's 4-3 victory at Chatham (Pa.) College.