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Mark Gaughan

Sports writer at the Buffalo News for more than 30 years, covers college sports and writes Bills game analysis. Past president of the Pro Football Writers of America. Past selector for Pro Football Hall of Fame. Buffalo native. Buffalo State College graduate.


It seemed like no one was ever going to take control of Saturday's Canisius-Niagara game.It took 28 minutes of dead-even play, in fact, before the stare-down was broken.Thanks to a brief but impressive explosion by freshman Ed Book, Canisius made Niagara blink first and scored a 69-64 victory.Book scored 11 points in a six-minute stretch to help Canisius turn a 42-40 …

To say Canisius and Niagara are familiar with each other would be a giant understatement.When Canisius assistant coaches Jeff Sherry and Mike MacDonald showed up to scout Monday's Boston-Niagara game, Purple Eagles' assistant Tom McCorry walked up to them and said, "When you guys write the book on Niagara basketball '88-89, make sure you give me a copy."Indeed, consid…

Dealing with pressure and stress is part of everyday life for athletes, but few know the meaning of the words like University of Buffalo swimmer Angela Blaser.Blaser is one of the stars of the UB women's team. Only a freshman, she has posted times this season that have put her in contention for a top finish at the Division II national championships.Blaser also deals e…

After Canisius lost to St. Joe's in the first game of the season, St. Joe's coach Jim Boyle said Griffs' center Ed Book "has NBA written all over him."Boyle was not believed to be suffering from any type of fever at the time, but one had to wonder.Aside, perhaps, from an Alonzo Mourning, it's a bit unrealistic to dub anyone NBA material after one game.The point, howev…

In a season in which so much has gone wrong, Niagara finally enjoyed a night in which almost everything went right.It was not pure coincidence that it was the same night in which Eldridge Moore returned to full-time duty.The Purple Eagles' senior guard, back after missing 13 games with torn ligaments in his thumb, scored 25 points Monday night to lead Niagara to a 77-…

Buffalo State got its reward Sunday for winning the State University of New York Athletic Conference basketball title.The Bengals will be the hosts for the NCAA Division III Eastern Regional tournament this weekend.Forty teams qualify for the Division III tournament, and Buffalo State will be the site of one of eight regionals. The winners of each regional advance to …

Riverside product Craig Robinson scored 39 points to lead Genesee Community College to an 81-48 rout of Hilbert Sunday in the final of the Region III Western Zone playoffs at Hilbert.Robinson, a sophomore guard, made eight three-point shots to help Genesee advance to the final four of Region III, the Upstate New York region of the National Junior College Athletic Asso…

How do you figure these Canisius Golden Griffins?Just when it looked like they might never come out of their offensive slump, they put it all together for almost a whole game Saturday night and upset Boston University, 66-65.One may ask how can Canisius -- the same team that lost to lowly Colgate just nine days before -- beat a Boston team that stood 12-2 in the North…

The measles will not stop the North Atlantic Conference playoffs or the rest of the regular season, it was decided Friday.The conference's athletic directors, responding to recent outbreaks of measles at Siena and Hartford, held a meeting at Boston and decided to keep the NAC playoffs at Hartford, as scheduled.However, no spectators will be allowed at any of the playo…

With a week remaining in the regular season, both St. Bonaventure's Rocky Llewellyn and Niagara's Pat Jones are in line for first-team honors when the votes for conference all-star teams are counted.Llewellyn is a leading candidate for the Atlantic 10's top five. Jones may have a tougher time in the North Atlantic Conference.The 6-foot-6 Llewellyn ranks third in the A…

Buffalo State looks to defend its title this weekend when it visits Potsdam for the State University of New York Athletic Conference basketball tournament.The Bengals (22-3), ranked No. 7 in the nation among Division III teams, meet New Paltz in a semifinal game at 6 tonight. Potsdam (22-3), ranked No. 8 in the nation, plays Geneseo (19-8) at 8 p.m.The winner of Satur…

A measles outbreak has forced the postponement of the college basketball game scheduled for tonight at Niagara and will likely affect the North Atlantic Conference playoffs.The disease has been confirmed so far in only two North Atlantic Conference players, one at Siena College and one at the University of Hartford -- Nate Gainey, a sophomore from Buffalo.But because …

In a 40-minute struggle between two teams hunting and pecking for offense, Niagara found some from an unusual source Saturday night.Niagara relied on some big plays from its freshmen to score a 74-70 victory over Canisius.Purple Eagles star Pat Jones, averaging 22 points over the past eight games, was held to 13 by the Griffs, but Niagara freshmen Brian Bleich, Sean S…

Two teams hungry for a victory for different reasons meet tonight when Canisius faces Niagara in Memorial Auditorium.Canisius, coming off a disappointing loss to lowly Colgate, is looking to regain momentum in time for the North Atlantic Conference playoffs.Niagara looks to snap an abysmal slump that has seen it lose six straight and 10 of its last 12 in a free fall t…

Resiliency has been one of the assets of the Buffalo State women's basketball team this season.Faced with the loss of key members of last year's 24-4 team, coach Gail Maloney simply plugged new players into the system, and the Lady Bengal machine has not missed a beat.Buffalo State (20-2) is ranked seventh in the nation in Division III."You look at our lineup and it r…