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Zak lifts Canisius in final seconds; Ambrose's return not enough

Senior guard Becky Zak's floater in the lane with 4.5 seconds left Friday night gave the Canisius women's basketball team a 52-50 win over Manhattan, allowing the Golden Griffins to keep pace in the battle for second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

A Koessler Center crowd of 1,075 saw the Griffs' 200th victory on campus in the program's 31-year history. The Griffs (11-9, 8-3 MAAC) stayed even with Loyola, the team they host Sunday at 1 p.m.

Megan Lyte and Mere Mullins led Canisius with 13 points apiece as the Griffs took Manhattan for the seventh straight time. Freshman center Kelly Regan (Nichols) scored a team-high 11 points for the visitors.

Loyola (13-7, 8-3) held off Niagara, 62-58, in the Gallagher Center despite 15 points apiece from NU's Jessi Tomasin and Shaunna Ambrose, who returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a stress fracture in her foot. The Purple Eagles are 3-17, 2-9.

Off the court, 2002 Niagara alums Becky and Jessie O'Donohue will perform on Tuesday's edition of Fox's "American Idol." The O'Donohues, from Dobbs Ferry, both played more than 100 games in their NU careers and often sang the national anthems before Gallagher games.

Duquesne scored five points in the final 54 seconds to snap a tie and hold off St. Bonaventure, 53-48, before a season-high crowd of 1,620 on Youth Day in the Reilly Center. Ashley Edwards and Katelyn Murray scored 13 points apiece for the Bonnies (8-12, 2-7 Atlantic 10). . . . Germany Jackson (Traditional) led the way with 28 points while Sarah Bogardus (Fredonia) added 18 and Allison Depp (Lockport) had 16 points and 15 boards for Daemen (15-9, 10-2 American Mideast Conference) in an 85-55 victory over Point Park. . . . Cheryl Kindzia (Williamsville North) collected 25 points and 11 rebounds as Fredonia State (12-7, 7-5) posted a 54-48 SUNYAC win over Oneonta State. . . . Darnika Moseley led Buffalo State (7-13, 4-7) with 16 points in an 69-55 loss at Oswego. . . . Christine Halter had 17 points and 16 rebounds for D'Youville (10-9) in a 62-49 loss at Chestnut Hill.

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FOOTBALL: University at Buffalo coach Turner Gill added another recruit to his 2006 class with the signing of 5-foot-11 running back Brandon Thermilus of Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. Thermilus, a Texas Class 5A all-district selection, is the son of former Houston Oilers running back Alonzo Highsmith, who is now a scout with the Green Bay Packers. Highsmith played at Miami and worked with Gill and UB defensive coordinator Charlie Jackson with the Packers last year.

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MEN'S HOCKEY: Sean Burke scored three goals and added two assists as Buffalo State (9-11, 6-5 SUNYAC) rolled to a 7-0 win at Geneseo (13-6-2, 7-4-0), the No. 10 Division III team in the nation. The win clinched just the second SUNYAC playoff berth ever for the Bengals and their first since 2002. Sean Sheehan made 43 saves for the Bengals.

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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Dion Mozelle's baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left gave Buffalo State (10-10, 4-7) an 80-78 SUNYAC upset at Oswego State (15-5, 9-3). Gregg Jones led five Bengals in double figures with 23 points. . . . Daemen (16-9, 6-3) fell into a tie for second place with Point Park in the American Mideast Conference with a 77-72 loss to the visitors from Pittsburgh. Brian Montanaro had 20 points and Ron Wright 16 for the losing Wildcats. . . . Tom Kowalski had 19 points for D'Youville (3-17) in a 68-63 loss at Chestnut Hill.

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