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Bulls win; Griffs, Eagles fall on road

It was another hot-shooting night for the University at Buffalo men's basketball team.

The Bulls shot 53 percent from the field to defeat Cornell, 78-66, at Newman Arena in Ithaca.

Conversely, Monday night brought a pair of road losses for Niagara and Canisius as both dropped Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games.

For Buffalo, it was the fourth straight game shooting 50 percent or better from the field and fifth time in the last six games the Bulls have reached that mark.

The Big Red opened the second half on a 17-8 scoring run and a Drew Ferry three-pointer tied the game at 44 with 11:27 remaining. With the game tied at 46, Byron Mulkey hit a jumper to put the Bulls ahead for good.

Zach Filzen scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half. With the Bulls leading, 54-52, Filzen scored five straight points to extend the UB lead to seven.

Mulkey finished with 16 -- 10 of which came in the first half when he shot 5 for 6 from the field. Tony Watson had a career-high 11 points, including hitting three straight three-pointers in the first half.

The win was the fourth in five games for the Bulls as they closed out their non-conference schedule at 8-4.

Buffalo will begin Mid-American Conference play Saturday when it hosts Bowling Green at 7 in Alumni Arena.

In Jersey City, N.J., Canisius dropped to 0-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 63-55 loss to Saint Peter's at the Yanitelli Center.

Canisius pulled within five, 55-50, with 1:36 left to play, but the Peacocks went 8 for 10 from the free throw line in the final minute -- all hit by Nick Leon, who finished with a game-high 20 points.

Sophomore Alshwan Hymes had a team-high 16 points for the Griffs, hitting all five of his field goals from three-point range. Hymes is now 14 of 23 from three-point range in the last two games.

Gaby Belardo scored 14 and Greg Logins 13 for Canisius, which fell to 6-7 overall.

Tomas Vazquez-Simmons had four blocked shots for Canisius, giving him 240 for his career and moving him into third place all-time in MAAC history.

Saint Peter's (8-6, 3-0 MAAC) shot 55 percent from the field in the second half, hitting 11 of 20 shots.

In Bridgeport, Conn., Niagara had another struggle with poor shooting and poor defense, losing to Fairfield, 70-47, at Harbor Yard.

The Stags (10-3, 3-0 MAAC) took a 30-14 halftime lead. For the game, they hit 58 percent from the field while dominating the glass, 40-29.

Kashief Edwards had 15 points for Niagara, which shot just 28 percent (15 of 54). The loss was the fifth straight for the Purple Eagles, who fell to 3-12 overall, 0-3 in the MAAC.

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Today's games

Niagara and Canisius women's teams look to notch their first MAAC wins of the season in home games tonight. Niagara (1-11, 0-1) hosts Fairfield at 7 p.m. while Canisius (4-8, 0-1) hosts Saint Peter's.

Golden Griffins freshman Jen Morabito was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. It was the sixth Rookie of the Week award for Canisius this season. In a 1-1 week for the Griffs, Morabito averaged 17.0 points, shot 50 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from three-point range.

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