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UB men return home to host Binghamton

The University at Buffalo returns from one of the toughest road trips in school history Saturday, hosting Binghamton at 2 p.m. in Alumni Arena.

With its road games at No. 7 Duke last Saturday followed by No. 5 Iowa State this past Monday night, the Bulls (4-5) became the first MAC team since Eastern Michigan in 2012 to play top-10 opponents in back-to-back games. Buffalo lost to Duke, 82-59, and to Iowa State, 84-63.

The Bulls have four players averaging double figures, led by Lamonte Bearden’s 12.9 per game.

Binghamton is 2-6 with wins over Central Connecticut State and Colgate. The Bearcats are led by Willie Rodriguez, who leads the team at 15.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Marlon Beck II is averaging 10.4 points while Everson Davis is averaging 10.1 points and has a team-high 26 assists.

At the Gallagher Center, Niagara hosts Long Island University-Brooklyn at 3 p.m. The Purple Eagles (3-7) are coming off a 48-44 loss to St. John’s. Matt Scott notched his second career double-double with 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds in that game while Emile Blackman scored a game-high 16 points, including hitting a career-high seven free throws.

LIU-Brooklyn (4-3) has lost three of its last four games. Jerome Frink (17.6) and Martin Hermannsson (15.6) rank third and sixth, respectively, in scoring in the Northeast Conference.

Canisius is on the road, traveling to Kent State for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Golden Griffins (3-5) are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and are coming off an 81-67 loss at Penn State.

Malcolm McMillan leads Canisius, averaging 20 points a game and shooting 40.5 percent from three-point range. Phil Valenti follows with a 16.3 points-per-game average as five players are in double figures.

The Golden Flashes (6-2) have strong frontcourt play from Jimmy Hall (15.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg), Khaliq Spicer (8.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Chris Ortiz (7.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg). The Flashes own a plus-5.9 rebounding advantage while outscoring opponents 34.0-25.5 in the paint.

In women’s basketball, St. Bonaventure hosts Penn State at 1:30 p.m. in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies (7-2) are coming off a 59-32 win over the University at Buffalo. The Bonnies have won their last six games and are 6-0 at home. St. Bonaventure ranks first in the Atlantic 10 in both field-goal percentage (44.2%) and field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 33.8 percent.

Penn State (4-5) is coming off a 68-51 win over Youngstown State. The Lady Lions have four players averaging double-figures – freshman guard Teniya Page (14.2 ppg), junior forward Peyton Whitted (12.3 ppg), junior forward Kaliyah Mitchell (11.2 ppg) and redshirt sophomore guard Lindsey Spann (10.4 ppg).