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Colgate basketball coach Jack Bruen said Thursday that he plans to stay involved with his team even though doctors tell him he has pancreatic cancer.

"I've been to every practice and don't intend to miss any," Bruen said. "If treatment dictates something different later, we will deal with the situation at that time."

Bruen, 48, is beginning his ninth season with the Red Raiders and has led the team to a 106-124 record. During his tenure, Colgate has won a share of three Patriot League regular-season titles, won two Patriot League tournaments and appeared twice in the NCAA tournament.

Also in college basketball, Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Albany have agreed to a five-game series in starting in 1999.

Syracuse will host Albany at the Carrier Dome in 1999 and 2000, while the Orangemen will play the Great Danes in Pepsi Arena in Albany in 2001. Syracuse will then host the Great Danes in 2002 and 2003. All will be played in November or December as non-league games.

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