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LEWISTON -- The game between Niagara and Mercyhurst was over with the Lakers taking a 5-0 win at Dwyer Arena. But after the horn blew to end the third period, the teams went back to their benches for a shootout. Yes, a shootout. College Hockey America is having an exhibition shootout after all its conference women's hockey games this season. The results have no bearing …

Canisius started five freshman - not four freshman as I had in my story on Sunday - in its loss Saturday at St. Bonaventure and coach Tom Parrotta hinted that a lineup with at least four first-year players is in the cards. The player to watch in this lineup shift is freshman guard Julius Coles from Harlem. At 6-4 he has good size, defends well and has a pretty good stroke…

The BCS bowl lineup will be announced Sunday night (8 p.m., Ch, 29). Has there every been a year when the lineup was so flexible? Which teams do you think deserve to play for the national championship? Opinion Polls & Market Research

OK, let's start a debate: Who's the best player in the Big 4? St. Bonaventure's Michael Lee, who dropped 25 points, six rebounds and five steals in a 80-64 win tonight over Canisius, or Charron Fisher, Niagara University's inside-outside demon and the nation's seventh leading scorer,  who scored 22 in a loss tonight at Liberty? --Rodney McKissic

LEWISTON -- Although Niagara made a late-game comeback it seemed as if the Bulls were the ones dictating the tempo of Saturday's game from the opening tip. The Bulls held off a Niagara run to win the Big 4 showdown, 61-42. While the shooting in the first half was atrocious, it was the Buffalo defense which set the tone, aggressively getting over and around ball screens a…

The more I think about it, the more I believe Bo Pelini will be the next coach at Nebraska. If UB coach Turner Gill was the man, why hasn't it already been announced? Once the SEC title game has been completed Pelini will officially get the nod. I don't know if Pelini will be a good head coach or not because he doesn't have a track record. Gill has one, but it's apparent …

     Sean Smiley can flat-out shoot it but the Bulls still need someone who can flat-out run the offense, and settling on that individual might turn into a season-long project.      Rodney Pierce appeared to have the point guard position in hand in hand after his performance against South Florida. But he was thrown way out of synch in the los…

For seven years Chris Hawkins sat alongside Reggie Witherspoon on the bench at UB. He was right beside him during the rough years when the Bulls won just 26 games over a four-year span. He was instrumental in signing recruits like Turner Battle, Mark Bortz, Danny Gilbert, Jason Bird and Calvin Cage who all helped turn the program from also-ran into respectable. That's why…

LEWISTON --  The Niagara women's basketball suffered two ends of the worst spectrum in its 82-55 loss to Akron Thursday night. The 55 points, and accompanying 28.2 shooting percentage, is the worst offensive production of the season. Conversely, the 82 points is the most given up by Niagara and Akron's 50.9 field goal percentage marks the second straight game Niagar…

Now that Nebraska interim AD Tom Osborne has added the title of interim coach, it makes you wonder when he's going to make a decision about the Cornhuskers' next coach. He went on the road recruiting today and plans to go Friday, so there probably won't be an announcement made until sometime next week. A couple of things might be in play here: 1. Osborne wants to hire UB…

Looks like Greg Robinson is going to survive at Syracuse for at least another season despite a 7-28 record over three years and a 2-10 finish in 2007. The Good Doctor, Daryl Gross, explains his rationale in this story by Donnie Webb in the Post-Standard. Basically, the Doctor said there's no more time for rebuilding and Robinson has to win now. The Orange have only gotten…

LEWISTON -- Everyone familiar with Niagara men's basketball knows of Charron Fisher, Tyrone Lewis and Stanley Hodge. But in Wednesday's win over St. Bonaventure, it was the "unknown" players -- junior center Benson Egemonye and freshman point guard Anthony Nelson who stood out. Egemoney had a career high 19 points and eight rebounds while Nelson had a career hig…

ESPN.com, citing a source, is reporting that Nebraska has narrowed its coaching search to UB's Turner Gill and LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, the two names most associated with the job from the start. But the website is also reporting on its Rumor Central Coaching Carousel that Nebraska is down to Gill and Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe. Gill was not available for comm…

LEWISTON -- With his nine rebounds in the first half, St. Bonaventure senior Michael Lee became the 21st player in school history to reach 500 rebounds and 1,000 points for his career. More importantly, his nine rebounds and 14 points are a big reason why the Bonnies hold a 32-28 halftime lead over Niagara at the Gallagher Center. - Amy Moritz

Fans who want to send get-well wishes to former Canisius College basketball player Brian Dux can now do so by sending an email to Wishes4Dux@yahoo.com. Dux, an Orchard Park native, was seriously injured in a car accident on Nov. 10 in England. According to a release through the Canisius College athletic department, Dux was recently moved from intensive care to a high-depe…