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ROUGH NIGHT FOR UB HOOPSTERS IN OHIO

The University at Buffalo's basketball teams absorbed quite a 1-2 punch in the Buckeye State Wednesday night.

Kent State clinched the Mid-American Conference's East Division crown with a 99-65 triumph over the visiting UB men. It was the first regular-season title in Kent State's 50 years in the league.

The UB women had a chance to secure a bye in the upcoming MAC Tournament, but couldn't, dropping a 70-59 decision at Toledo.

UB senior guard Louis Campbell scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and became the 11th men's player in school history crack the 1,000-point barrier. He now has 1,012 points, which ranks 10th in UB history.

But the Bulls (4-22 overall, 2-15 in the MAC) trailed, 50-27, at halftime and never made it a game.

"We didn't bring the necessary effort or intensity to compete with that team," UB coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "Kent played with a sense of purpose that we didn't match. We did not defend like we have been."

Forward Robert Brown added 21 points and six rebounds for UB, which closes its regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday with a home game against Marshall.

Kent State (20-8, 13-4), which has won all nine games in the series, was led by Trevor Huffman with 25 points.

In Toledo, Tiffany Bell scored a game-high 22 points, hitting 10 of 12 at the foul line and grabbing nine rebounds, for the UB women (19-8, 10-6) and Mari McClure added 19 points. By winning, the UB women could have finished with the third seed, but instead settled for the fifth seed. They'll host Akron at 7 p.m. Saturday in Alumni Arena in a first-round game.

UB trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half but rallied within 54-50 with 5:56 remaining on a three-point play by McClure. But over the next four minutes, the Rockets (22-5, 15-1) outscored UB, 14-5, to take command at 68-55 with just over two minutes left.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Jason Campbell's jumper with five seconds left gave Fredonia State (17-10) a 71-70 win at Hamilton (18-8) in the first round of the ECAC Upstate Tournament. The Devils face St. Lawrence Saturday.

SOFTBALL: Canisius and St. Peter's have been selected to finish atop the Metro Atlantic Conference in a preseason poll among the league's coaches. Both received 84 points in the voting with Niagara picked to finish fifth in the nine-team conference with 46 points. Griffs pitcher Monica Maher and Marist outfielder Amanda Koldjeski were voted preseason co-players of the year. Canisius first baseman Jill Iacono, second baseman Diana Calandra and outfielder Amy Dodd were all voted to the all-conference team, as was Niagara second baseman Jodie Bowers.

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