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UB falls at Eastern Michigan while Canisius loses at Dartmouth

Eastern Michigan took advantage of 23 University at Buffalo turnovers Tuesday night and went on to an 80-69 men’s basketball victory over the Bulls in a Mid-American Conference game.

Meanwhile in Hanover, N.H. Canisius was outscored, 28-5, at the foul line and one Golden Griffin was ejected in an 80-69 nonconference loss to Dartmouth.

In Ypsilanti, Mich., Eastern Michigan’s Eagles scored 28 points off the UB miscues and had a 36-30 advantage in points in the paint to go 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the MAC.

UB is 8-8 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

Eastern led 32-31 at the half and stayed in front the rest of the way. The Eagles’ largest lead was 14 points (77-63) with 2:30 left.

UB led, 16-11, midway through the first half.

Three-point shooting kept UB in the game for a while but the Bulls ended up making only 6 of 25 from outside the arc. Eastern attempted only 15 threes and made just two.

The turnovers more than made up for UB’s 49-32 rebounding advantage.

Blake Hamilton led UB with 16 points while Willie Conner had 14 and David Kadiri 12 off the bench.

EMU had five scorers in double figures led by junior guard Ty Toney, who had 17 points and five of the Eagles’ 16 steals. Raven Lee and Brandon Nazione had 14 points each while 6-10 freshman center James Thompson IV had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles.

UB will be home for a Saturday afternoon conference game against Central Michigan at Alumni Arena.

The loss to Ivy League Dartmouth (5-9) was the fourth straight for Canisius (7-10). Dartmouth snapped a three-game losing streak.

Canisius held a 29-23 lead late in the first half but the Big Green went off the floor at halftime with a 33-31 lead. The Griffs never led in the second half, falling behind, 41-31, right off the bat.

Malcolm McMillan led Canisius with 17 points. Kassius Robertson had 12 points while Kevin Bleeker had 10 points and 11 rebounds (10 in the first half) for the Griffs.

The Griffs made 28 of 63 field goal attempts and 8 for 30 from three-point range. Dartmouth was 23 for 43 and 6 for 13 on its threes. Freshman Evan Boudreaux had 19 points for Dartmouth.

Canisius lost the services of forward Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) after he was assessed two technical fouls with 8:14 left in the game.

The picture doesn’t get much brighter for Canisius. The Griffs will be on the road for their next three games including Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games at Manhattan on Friday in Riverdale and on Sunday afternoon against Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn.

Wednesday night’s games

St. Bonaventure (14-2, 3-0 A-10) puts its 13-game win streak and a share of first place in Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball on the line tonight against Davidson (7-9, 1-2 A-10) at John M. Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.

The other first-place teams in the conference also will be in action. Duquesne (15-1, 3-0 A-10) will play at Rhode Island while George Washington (13-3, 3-0) will be home against La Salle.

The Bonnies have has not lost since a No. 21 game at Drexel.

In their last game, a 66-41 triumph on Sunday over Massachusetts, senior Katie Healy (Lancaster) moved to sixth all-time in career scoring at the school while sophomore Mariah Russ hit a season-high 20 points.

Healy now has 1,457 career points, having moved past Megan Van Tatenhove (2008-12) on the all-time list.

The UB women (10-4, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) face a difficult opponent when they play Ball State (10-4, 2-1 MAC) at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind. (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.).

The Bulls have won four of their last five games including a 77-66 triumph in a MAC game at Kent State last Saturday.

UB is 5-3 in road games this season, 1-1 in the conference.

Joanna Smith led the victory over Kent State with 25 points including a career-high seven three-points in 10 attempts. The junior guard was named MAC East Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Ball State lost to UB, 53-43, at Alumni Arena last season, as its top scorer Natalie Fontaine was held to 10 points. Fontaine is averaging 22.3 this season.