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College Power 10: UB will try to slow down nation's top scorer

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team will try again to contain the nation’s leading scorer when it visits Central Michigan Tuesday in a Mid-American Conference game. The Bulls have won four straight and lead this week’s College Power 10.

1. UB men’s basketball. Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene averages 29.9 ppg. UB held Keene to 24 on 7-of-21 shooting in a 101-91 win over the Chippewas on Jan. 31. UB is tied for second with Ohio in the MAC at 7-5. Central Michigan is one of four teams at 6-6. The Chippewas last week upset Ohio but then lost at last-place Miami.

Central Michigan leads the MAC in scoring (87.3 ppg) but is last in points allowed (88.7). Fouls tend to be key against the Chippewas. Keene stands fifth in the nation in free throws attempted (7.8 a game). Game time is 7 p.m. (American Sports Network, Radio 1520).

2. Canisius hockey. The Griffs kept their hold on first place in the Atlantic Hockey Conference with a tie and a win at Sacred Heart in Connecticut. Canisius (15-4-6 in the AHC) has 36 points, one better than Air Force with three games to go in the regular season. Air Force has a game in hand. Canisius holds the nation’s longest unbeaten streak, 12 games. Third-period goals by sophomore Cameron Heath and freshman Matt Hoover lifted the Griffs to a 2-2 tie with Sacred Heart Friday, then the Griffs’ offense played big in a 6-5 win Saturday.

3. UB’s Bryan Lantry. The sophomore wrestler scored his fourth win of the year over a ranked opponent in the 133-pound class when he defeated No. 10 Josh Alber of Northern Iowa, 4-3. An escape in the third period earned the win for Lantry, from Rochester-area Walworth. Lantry will move up from his ranking of No. 16 in the nation. UB lost to 21st ranked Northern Iowa, 22-16, then defeated Northern Illinois to move to 4-4 in the MAC. It’s the most MAC wins ever for the Bulls.

4. Canisius diver Travis Wright. The Griff junior earned outstanding diver for the second straight year at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference meet in Buffalo. Canisius' Ian O'Rourke was named diving coach of the year. Canisius placed third among women, fourth among men. Wright set the MAAC meet records in winning both the 1-meter (334.35) and 3-meter (398.45) diving events. The Lake Shore High product has four career MAAC title.

5. Medaille's Johnathan Belton. The senior from Amherst High became the 10th Medaille player to reach 1,000 career points when he scored 32 to lead the Mavericks to a 91-78 win at Pitt-Bradford. Medaille then beat Mount Aloysius, 107-79, to improve to 17-6 overall and 14-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Mavs are two up with two to go.

6. Daemen men’s basketball. The Wildcats rallied from a double-figure deficit for a third straight game to beat the New York Institute of Technology, 80-72. The win was the sixth straight and 11th in the last 13 for Daemen, which kept a hold on second place in the East Coast Conference at 10-4 with four games to go. Daemen visits first-place St. Thomas Aquinas (13-3) Wednesday.

7. Buffalo State women’s hockey. Bengals junior Rachel Lenard (Nardin) scored two goals against her old team to key a 2-1 win at No. 8 Oswego. Lenard played a season and a half at Oswego before transferring to Buffalo State. The Bengals (16-6-1) lost the next night, 5-1. Buffalo State plays host to Plattsburgh (22-1), ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III, at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Plattsburgh has three Western New Yorkers: Julia Duquette (Mount St. Mary’s), Ashley Songin (Nichols) and Lizzy Viola (Nichols).

8. UB’s Joshua Gali. A week after setting the school indoor record for 200 meters, the junior from Long Island broke a 15-year-old record in the 400 by running 46.29. That’s 26th best in the nation.

9. Niagara CCC women’s basketball. The Thunderwolves stand 22-4 after beating Genesee CC, 68-55, and losing to Monroe CC, 80-54. Monroe (19-3) ranks No. 9 in the nation among Division II junior colleges.

10. Daemen women’s basketball. The Wildcats are 7-4 since Dec. 31 and battling for their first playoff berth as a Division II team. First-year coach Jenepher Banker has her team sixth in the ECC (top six make the tournament). Leading the Wildcats are junior guard Sarah Saba (Lancaster) at 16.4 ppg and senior guard Leah McDonell (O'Hara) at 16.0 ppg.

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