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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 point…

Buffalo State (6-4, 3-4 Empire 8 Conference) finished its seventh consecutive season with a .500 record of better Saturday, defeating St. John Fisher, 35-14, at Coyer Field. Erie Community College (4-5) closed its season with a 40-14 loss to Monroe College in New Rochelle. In their finale, the Buffalo State Bengals dominated on the ground, especially in the first half wh…

Dylan McLaughlin, a junior forward from Lancaster, scored a hat trick for the first three Canisius goals and the Golden Griffins went on to a 7-3 victory over Mercyhurst on Saturday night in Erie, Pa. McLaughlin also had an assist on Ryan Schmelzer's power play goal that put the Griffs in front to stay, 4-3, at 10:34 of the third period. Goals by Cameron Heath at 11:31, …

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University at Buffalo forward Nick Perkins carries plenty of weight on his shoulders. After winning the MAC Sixth Man of the Year last season, he's expected to move to a full-time starting role and excel. That's not just a standard his coach put on him, but all the coaches in the MAC. The Ypsilanti, Mich., native is one of two Bulls picked to the Preseason MAC East firs…

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Earlier this week, University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats said he worried about his team starting the season slow like they did last year. The Bulls' opener against Canisius was far from perfect, but he can at least cross a first-game letdown off his list of fears. The Bulls pulled out a tight 80-75 victory against the Golden Griffins Saturday despite shooting 34 percent…

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Follow live updates of today's big Big 4 basketball action, as News Sports Reporter Jack Goods is on hand for Reggie Witherspoon's return to Alumni Arena as Canisius visits the University at Buffalo at 1 p.m. Tweets from all Big 4 basketball team and overall athletic program Twitter accounts will appear below. https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/big-4-basketball …

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Tipoff: 1 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPN3. Radio: 1520 AM/1230 AM/102.9 FM. Last season's records: Canisius (18-16, 10-10 MAAC), Buffalo (17-15, 11-7 MAC). Gameday: General admission tickets start at $15. History: UB and Canisius, meeting for the 50th time in series history, are starting their seasons against one another for the first time since 2006. The Golden Gr…

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Canisius junior Jibreel Faulkner will miss the first 16 games of the men's basketball season, the school's athletic department announced Friday. Faulkner's suspension stems from an NCAA violation during his time at a previous institution. Canisius was made aware of his potential eligibility issue via a phone call from the NCAA in August 2017. The Washington, D.C. nativ…

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Army West Point handed Niagara its first Atlantic Hockey loss of the season with a 3-1 win at Dwyer Arena Friday night. Purple Eagles (5-3-1, 4-1-1) sophomore Kris Spriggs scored the game’s first goal 11:16 into the first period on the power play, but the Black Knights (6-3, 6-3) went on to tie it up early in the second and score twice more in the third. NU outshot…

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After a 20-20 tie through one quarter of play, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team outscored Delaware by 17 points over the next 20 minutes en route to an 87-73 opening win over the Blue Hens at Alumni Arena on Friday afternoon. The difference in the game was UB's ability to get out in transition and prevent Delaware from doing the same. The Bulls held a 1…

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Reggie Witherspoon has only been on the University at Buffalo campus a handful of times since the school fired him in 2013. He lives close, just eight minutes away, and used to drive his daughters occasionally when they were students there. Saturday afternoon his visit will hit a bit closer to home, as the 56-year-old head coach will do his craft in the building he spen…

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Follow live updates of today's big Big 4 basketball action, including season openers for the University at Buffalo and Canisius women, the St. Bonaventure women hosting Niagara this evening as well as News Sports Columnist Bucky Gleason at the men's season opener of Niagara at St. Bonaventure. Delaware at UB women, 2 p.m. Niagara at St. Bonaventure women, 5:30 p.m. Co…

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The Niagara and St. Bonaventure women’s basketball teams begin their 2017-18 campaigns Friday at the Bonnies’ Reilly Center at 5:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the men’s teams, which play afterwards at 8 p.m. It’s the second straight year the two teams open up against one another. The Purple Eagles dominated the visiting Bonnies last season, 65-43, for t…

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Tipoff: 8 p.m. Friday TV: SBU-TV/GoBonnies.com/A-10 Network Radio: AM 1400/WPIG 95.7 FM Last season's records: Niagara (10-23, 6-14 MAAC), St. Bonaventure (20-12, 11-7 A-10) Gameday: Tickets start at $16 for a doubleheader. The women's teams play at 5:30 p.m. History: The Niagara-St. Bonaventure series dates back to the 1920-21 season. The Bonnies lead the a…