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Bonnies look to build off big win over Saint Joseph’s; Canisius, Niagara also home

After ending Saint Joseph’s seven-game winning streak Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the St. Bonaventure men (14-6, 6-3 Atlantic 10) will try to continue the momentum Sunday afternoon (2 p.m. NBCSN) against Saint Louis (8-13, 3-6) in the Reilly Center, where the Bonnies have a 10-2 record this season.

Sophomore guard Jaylen Adams led that victory with a career-high 31 points to raise his average to 18.5. Senior guard Marcus Posley leads the team with a 19.1 mark.

There was a time when the Saint Louis Billikens were a national power in men’s college basketball. That was in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s with such stars as Easy Ed Macauley, Dick Boushka and Bob Ferry.

Those glory years are past but the Billikens are still a proud bunch coached by Jim Crews, who played for Bob Knight’s undefeated NCAA champion Indiana Hoosiers in 1976.

Saint Louis has been led recently by freshman Jermaine Bishop, a 6-foot-1 guard from Holy Cross High in Queens.

Canisius and Niagara are also at home Sunday.

The Griffs (10-14, 5-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) will play their return game against Rider in the Koessler Center (3 p.m., Radio 1230) after an 84-66 home loss to first-place Iona on Friday. Rider defeated the Griffs, 79-68, a week ago in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Niagara (6-18, 4-9 MAAC) will take on Iona (13-9, 10-3 MAAC) in a 2 p.m. game on the Frank and Barbara Layden Court at the Gallagher Center (Radio 550). Iona has come away with one-point victories the last two visits to Niagara. The Gaels scored a 65-52 win in New Rochelle on Jan. 4.

Niagara’s women (6-16, 4-9 MAAC) will play their last out-of-state game against Quinnipiac (14-7, 9-3 MAAC) at 2 p.m. in TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.

The Purple Eagles have lost five in a row overall and three straight on the road after winning at Saint Peter’s and Rider in New Jersey last month. Niagara never has defeated Quinnipiac in women’s basketball, going 0-5, including a 61-54 game at the Gallagher Center on Jan. 13.

The host Bobcats have won nine in a row including a 69-59 victory over Siena in Albany on Friday night. Quinnipiac is third in the MAAC standings, trailing only Marist and Iona.

Canisius (9-13, 4-9 MAAC), which lost by 22 points at Manhattan on Friday, one of the Golden Griffins’ most decisive defeats in MAAC play this season, will face Monmouth (7-15, 5-8 MAAC) in West Long Branch, N.J. It’s the first meeting of the season between the two.