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Big 4 roundup: University at Buffalo men's basketball moves to 8-0 in the MAC

University at Buffalo men’s basketball is still undefeated in the Mid-American Conference after a 73-66 victory at Ohio on Friday night.

The Bulls (16-5, 8-0 MAC) have won eight straight MAC games, the most since a run of the same length in the 2011-2012 season, and nine straight games overall.

UB’s Ikenna Smart recorded his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds.

Nick Perkins became the 21st player in UB’s program history to reach the 1,000 point mark. He led the team with 20 points.

While the Bulls were victorious, two streaks were snapped. First, the game was the closest UB has dealt with in a while. The Bulls won their previous seven MAC contests by double-digit margins.

The victory also snaps an offensive streak for the Bulls, as UB scored 80 or more points in all its previous MAC contests.

Ohio got as close as five points twice down the stretch, with 1:35 and 23 seconds remaining in the game. The Bulls kept ahead by shooting well from the line, scoring their final five points on free throws.

UB got out to a 31-22 lead at the break thanks to poor shooting from the Bobcats. Ohio shot 25 percent from the field in the first half, worse than its 33 percent performance from 3-point range.

The Bulls, usually a balanced offense, got all but three of their points in the first half from Jeremy Harris, Nick Perkins and Smart.

The Bulls play one more road game, at Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, before returning home to play MAC West favorites Western Michigan on Feb. 2.

Women’s basketball

Marist 84, Niagara 78: The Purple Eagles couldn’t halt a late Marist run, falling 84-78 to the Foxes.

Niagara (8-12, 5-4 MAAC) was tied with Marist at 74 with 2:16 remaining in the game and held an 11-point lead after the first quarter. Marist got back into the game with a 27-11 second frame.

Niagara’s Jamie Sherburne hit a layup with 16 seconds remaining to cut Marist’s lead to 80-78, but Marist’s Rebekah Hand hit her free throws at the other end to eliminate a chance at a final tying or go-ahead play for the Purps.

Victoria Rampado led Niagara with 24 points. Three Marist players surpassed the 20-point mark: Hand (22), Alana Gilmer (21) and Maura Fitzpatrick (21).

Quinnipiac 84, Canisius 55: Canisius women’s basketball turned the ball over 27 times, resulting in 37 points the other way, in an 84-55 loss to Quinnipiac in a Kid’s Day matinee.

The Griffs hung with the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions in the first quarter, holding an early 10-7 lead and trailing by only six at the end of the frame. Quinnipiac took over in the middle quarters, outscoring the Griffs 26-13 in the second and 23-9 in the third.

Quinnipiac has won 11 straight games and 20 against MAAC opponents.

Bobcats forward Jen Fay was perfect from the field, going 6 for 6 for a game-high 17 points. Sara Hinriksdottir led Canisius with 16 points.

The Golden Griffins (6-14, 4-5 MAAC) host Marist at the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday before playing rival Niagara on Feb. 1.

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