The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.
1. Niagara men's basketball: The Purple Eagles took advantage of St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams' injury to start their season with a bang. Niagara downed the NCAA Tournament-hopeful Bonnies in the Riley Center Friday night. Kahlil Dukes scored a team-leading 23 points on 8 for 14 from the field and 6 for 8 from 3-point range in the Purple Eagles' 77-75 victory. The win ended Niagara's six-game losing streak to St. Bonaventure.
2. Tyree Jackson: UB's sophomore quarterback was named the Mid-American Conference East Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 406 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulls' 38-28 victory against Bowling Green last Tuesday. He's broken his personal record for passing yards in a game two weeks in a row.
3. Niagara men's hockey: Three different Purple Eagles scored Saturday to help earn a weekend split with Army, the top team in the Atlantic Hockey standings. Niagara boasts a 6-3-1 record, its best since 2007-08, and is only a point behind the Black Knights for first place in the conference.
4. Nick Perkins: The UB forward was prolific in the 80-75 victory against Canisius Saturday, scoring 26 points, grabbing six rebounds and shutting down the Griffs' top player, Jermaine Crumpton. Crumpton, who scored 31 in last year's UB vs. Canisius match-up, was held to nine points.
5. Cierra Dillard: The UMass transfer made a strong first impression for UB women's basketball, notching 17 points, six assists and six steals in the 87-73 season-opening victory against Delaware. She also shot well from 3-point range, hitting four of her seven attempts.
6. Daemen women's basketball: The Wildcats upset American International College, the favorite to win the Northeast-10 Conference this year, Friday at the East Region Tip-Off. Freshman Caroline White led Daemen in her collegiate debut with 15 points in the 70-61 victory. The Wildcats completed a tournament sweep Saturday with a 67-48 against Nyack.
7. Siobhan Quinn and Jeff Antolos: They set Canisius records at the NCAA Northeast Regional Friday. Antolos finished 18th among men and Quinn was 27th among women, both all-time best for Canisius in the regional. Antolos is also the first Golden Griffin to finish in the top 25 at the event.
8. Villa Maria men's basketball: The Vikings pushed their record to 4-0 and 2-0 in the NIAC with a 66-60 victory against Fisher. Villa Maria scored 25 points off 29 turnovers, with Dominic Douglass leading with three steals.
9. Deion Hamilton: Daemen's junior guard/forward was named the Most Valuable Player of the ECC-CACC Challenge after scoring a combined 34 points in the Wildcats' victories against Felician and Nyack. Daemen is off to a 2-0 start for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.
10. Buffalo State football: Will face the Merchant Marine Academy in the Clayton Chapman Bowl, a part of the ECAC Division III Football Fest, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. It's the third postseason appearance in the last four seasons for coach Jerry Boyes' Bengals. Buffalo State won its final two games of the regular season, including a 35-14 home victory over St. John Fisher on Saturday to finish 6-4 and put itself in position for a postseason bid. In the victory over St. John Fisher, running back Austin Neal (South Park) became the first Buffalo State player to run for 100 yards in a game this season, rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown. Antoine Holloman followed closely behind, totaling 98 yards.
Honorable mention: St. Bonaventure women's basketball went on a 34-4 run en route to a comeback victory against Niagara Friday, but lost Sunday at Siena. ... Niagara women's volleyball ended the regular season with a four-set victory against Quinnipiac. The Purple Eagles are the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Tournament and will play the winner of No. 3 Iona and No. 6 Quinnipiac Saturday. ... Canisius men's basketball's Takal Molson (St. Mary's/Lancaster) set a Canisius record for points in a true freshman's debut with 25 in the Golden Griffins' loss to UB. ... Canisius men's swimming defeated St. Bonaventure for the first time, 153-145. ... D'Youville women's soccer's Makenna Magee was named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year. ... Niagara CC women's soccer freshman Alexis Fyock (Pioneer) was named to the All-WNYAC first team. ... Hilbert runner Megan Lee was one of two unattached runners to finish under 25 minutes at the Division III Midwest Regional Championships.
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Story topics: Austin Neal/ Buffalo State football/ Cierra Dillard/ Daemen men's basketball/ Daemen women's basketball/ Deion Hamilton/ Kahlil Dukes/ Niagara men's basketball/ Niagara men's hockey/ Nick Perkins/ Tyree Jackson/ UB football/ Villa Maria men's basketball