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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…

While we're awaiting word on the Nebraska coaching search, which has become a state's obsession, UB coach Turner Gill's name is one of many that's being tossed around at Washington State. Washington State is an odd fit considering Gill doesn't have any ties to the West Coast, but he didn't have any ties to the Northeast, either, and he's made it work. And Gill should be…

While Nebraska interim AD Tom Osborne searches for a new coach, he taking it upon himself to sell the program to recruits during a very critical time of the year for college football programs. “I’m going to hopefully go recruiting on Thursday and Friday,” Osborne told reporters on Tuesday. “I’ll go talk to some players. Probably both (in-home visits and official…

Want some entertainment? Go see gravity cheating Canisius freshman Elton Frazier. The kid from Syracuse soars so high that he should probably wear a cape. He was called for a charging foul tonight against UB on a baseline dunk and the first thing I thought was, "That ref just negated the best play I'll see this year in the Big 4." But I'm sure "The Big E'' …

UB's 68-59 win over Canisius Tuesday night was the Bulls' fourth straight over the Not-so-Golden Griffins, who are 0-5 on the season. The Griffs couldn't shoot straight (25 percent in the first half, 33 percent in the second) and only 2,652 fans will admit to being in Alumni Arena. Next up for UB: Tulane at home Thursday. Canisius goes to St. Bonaventure (3-3) Saturday.&nb…