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Canisius, NU and Bona men in action

Canisius looks to do something it hasn’t done since the 1994-95 season when it visits Saint Peter’s this afternoon for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.

Open conference play 3-0.

The Golden Griffins look to do that against a Peacocks team they defeated just last month at the Koessler Athletic Center, 82-67. Today’s contest takes place in the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. (2 p.m., Radio 1400).

Other men’s teams in action today include Niagara visiting defending MAAC champion Iona at the Hynes Center in New Rochelle (2 p.m., Radio 550), and St. Bonaventure hosting Cornell in a nationally televised game from the Reilly Center (2 p.m., NBCSN).

Weather forced the cancellation of the University at Buffalo’s game against South Dakota State at Alumni Arena. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, then postponed Thursday with the hope it could be played today because South Dakota State’s flight from Chicago was canceled due to heavy snow throughout the Midwest.

Canisius (8-5, 2-0) comes into today’s game coming off Sunday’s 87-81 overtime loss at Notre Dame. Billy Baron scored a career-high 33 points in the loss, earning MAAC co-Player of the Week honors and some lofty praise from ESPN analyst and former Manhattan coach Fran Fraschilla.

Baron leads the Griffs in scoring average (21.0), assists (4.7) and also averages 4.7 rebounds per game. Jordan Heath (11.3) and Chris Perez (11.1) rank second and third in points per game for Canisius, which has won five of its last seven games – the only losses at Notre Dame and St. Francis (N.Y.). Heath poured in a career-high 28 points in last month’s win over Saint Peter’s (4-8, 0-3).

Niagara looks to rebound from Thursday’s tough 85-83 loss at Rider in which national scoring leader Antoine Mason poured in a game-high 31 points, including a run of 15 straight Purple Eagles points to prevent the Broncs from turning a close game into a rout.

Mason averages 29.2 points per game.

Bona (9-4) looks to end the non-conference slate with a win over Cornell (0-12). A 10th non-conference win by the Bonnies would be the most for them heading into Atlantic 10 play during the Mark Schmidt coaching era.

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