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Better late than never. The Loyola, Md., University men's basketball team returns to Western New York tonight to face the streaking Niagara University Purple Eagles at 7 in the Gallagher Center.

The game originally was scheduled for Jan. 16, but the Greyhounds got as far as Pittsburgh in bad weather and decided to return home to Baltimore rather than attempt the 3-4 hour bus trip. It set off a storm of controversy because other college teams arrived at their destinations despite the bad weather that weekend.

Coach Dino Gaudio's team will be running into a Niagara team that has won four straight and leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 8-1 mark. Loyola, on the other hand, had lost seven in a row before Buffalo's Jason Rowe (Traditional) led a 75-72 victory at Fairfield on Saturday. Rowe had 24 points, including three free throws at the end.

In the absence of injured center Kevin Jobity, guards Alvin Young and Jeremiah Johnson have picked up the scoring pace for Niagara. Young scored 28 points Saturday, including an off-balance trey at the buzzer that gave the Purple Eagles their 85-83 triumph over Rider.

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