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Three games at Marine Midland Arena, including a Dec. 11 meeting with Little Three rival St. Bonaventure and a game against coach Bob Knight's Indiana Hoosiers at the new Conseco Centre in Indianapolis, highlight a 28-game Canisius College 1999-2000 men's basketball schedule announced Monday. After an exhibition game vs. Brock University Nov. 10 at the Koessler Athletic Center, coach Mike MacDonald's Golden Griffins will open the regular season by participating in a six-team event in Binghamton arranged by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Ivy League, Patriot League, Northeast Conference and America East. The Griffs will face Marshall University on Nov. 20 and face Delaware and its All-America candidate Mike Pegues the next night. The Marshall game will be the first of eight Canisius games to be aired by Empire Sports.

The Binghamton games will be exempt from the NCAA's regular-season schedule limit of 26 games. Canisius will face Indiana for the first time ever in the opening round of the Union Federal Hoosier Classic.

Besides the Bona game, the Griffs will face Xavier of the Atlantic 10 and MAAC rival Loyola of Baltimore in games at Marine Midland Arena.

Aside from the Marshall game, Empire plans to televise home games vs. UB, Bona and Loyola (Md.) and road games at Indiana, Marist, Fairfield and Iona. The Indiana game will be shown live on ESPN plus but aired on tape delay Dec. 27 by Empire.

The schedule:

Nov. 10, exhibition vs. Brock (Koessler Athletic Center), 7:30 p.m.; 20, Hoop Fest in Binghamton vs. Marshall, 3:30 p.m.; 21, Hoop Fest in Binghamton vs. Delaware, 8 p.m.; 23, at Colgate, 7:45 p.m.; 27, UB (KAC), 7 p.m.

Dec. 2, at Niagara, 7 p.m.; 5, Fairfield (KAC), 4 p.m.; 7, at Duquesne, 7:35 p.m.; 11, St. Bonaventure (Marine Midland Arena), 7:30 p.m.; 22, at Loyola, Ill., 8:30 p.m.; 27, at Union Federal Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.; 28, at Union Federal Hoosier Classic vs. Alabama-Birmingham or Holy Cross, 4:45 p.m.

Jan. 3, at Rider, 7:30 p.m.; 5, at Loyola, Md. 7:30 p.m.; 8, Iona (KAC), 7 p.m.; 12, Marist (KAC), 7 p.m.; 15, at Siena (Pepsi Arena, Albany), 7 p.m.; 17, vs. Marist (Pepsi Arena, Albany, 7 p.m.; 21, at Fairfield, 7 p.m.; 29, Siena (KAC), 7 p.m.; 31, Manhattan (KAC), 7 p.m.

Feb. 4, at Iona, 7 p.m.; 6, at St. Peter's, 3 p.m.; 9, Xavier (MMA), 7 p.m.; 13, Rider (KAC), 2 p.m.; 15, Niagara (KAC) 7 p.m.; 18, at Manhattan, 7:30 p.m.; 25, St. Peter's (KAC), 8:15 p.m.; 27, Loyola, Md. (MMA), 6:30 p.m.

March 3-4-5-6, Marine Midland MAAC Tournament at Pepsi Arena, Albany.

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