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Griffs get win on road; UB, Bona women also triumph

It was an opposite day on the road in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for Canisius and Niagara. While the Golden Griffins scored a 72-51 over Manhattan, the Purple Eagles dropped a 77-57 decision to Saint Peter's.

In Riverdale, the Jaspers took a 22-19 lead, but a 16-2 run in the final 4:34 of the first half gave Canisius a 35-24 halftime lead.

Elton Frazier scored 18 points for the Griffs (8-8, 2-4 MAAC) while Greg Logins added 13. Canisius committed a season-low six turnovers.

In Jersey City, N.J., Wesley Jenkins scored 31 points to pace the Peacocks over Niagara. Jenkins came into the game averaging 11.1 points, but was 10 of 10 from the free-throw line and made 7 of 9 from three-point range.

Niagara took a 19-12 lead at the 8:46 mark of the first half, but the Peacocks finished the half on a 25-6 run for a 37-25 lead at the break.

Anthony Nelson had 20 points for the Purple Eagles (4-14, 1-5 MAAC).

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>UB, Bona prevail

As conference season begins, there's no better way to get your bearings than with some early road wins.

In that way, it was a productive Saturday evening for the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure women's basketball teams.

The Bulls used 31 points and 16 rebounds from senior Kourtney Brown en route to a 65-51 win over Ohio U. in Mid-American Conference play in Athens, Ohio.

Buffalo led by just one, 26-25, at the half, but shot 48.4 percent (15 of 31) in the second and held the Bobcats to just 25 percent (9 of 36).

Brown notched her third 30-point game of the season on 12 of 18 shooting from the field while hitting seven of her nine free throws. It was her 10th double-double of the season.

Brittany Hedderson added 10 points while Jessica Fortman pulled in 11 rebounds for the Bulls (9-8, 2-2 MAC).

For St. Bonaventure, 21 points from the bench in the first half helped the Bonnies overcome a slow start and earn a 72-48 win over George Washington in the Atlantic 10.

The Bonnies' bench sparked the offense, and hitting eight three-pointers in the first half helped Bona take a 40-29 halftime lead.

Three players were in double figures for the Bonnies (12-6, 2-1 A-10), led by Jessica Jenkins' 16 points with Cara Gustafson and Megan Van Tatenhove scoring 14 and 13, respectively.

Bona again played solid defense, scoring 19 points off 10 George Washington turnovers. The win is the first in the Charles E. Smith Center for the Bonnies, who entered the game 0-16 in the Colonials' venue.

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>Today's games

Tthe University at Buffalo hosts Akron (10-6, 1-1) at 2 p.m. in a Mid-American Conference men's game. Of the six losses this season for the Bulls (8-6, 0-2), four have been by four points or fewer.

St. Bonaventure travels to Rhode Island (10-6, 1-1) in Atlantic 10 action. The Bonnies (9-6, 1-1) are 3-2 in their last five games.

Meanwhile, the top two women's teams in the MAAC Conference complete their Western New York swing with 2 p.m. games. Marist (14-2, 5-0) plays at Niagara (1-15, 0-5) in the Gallagher Center. The Red Foxes are on a 10-game winning streak while the Purple Eagles have lost 10 straight.

In the Koessler Center, Canisius (5-11, 1-4) will host Siena. The Saints (14-2, 5-0) are tied with Marist for the top spot in the MAAC and are on a six-game winning streak.