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A Dec. 11 home game against St. John's and appearances in the Phoenix Classic on Nov. 29-30 in Hartford, Conn., and the San Juan Shootout on Dec. 20-22 in Carolina, Puerto Rico, are among the highlights of the men's basketball scheduled announced by Niagara University.

The Purple Eagles will appear on television five times -- three times on the Empire Sports Network and twice on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference TV package.

NU tips off the season Nov. 17 at home against George Mason.

The complete Niagara schedule:

Nov.: 17, George Mason, 1 p.m.; 19, UB, 7 p.m.; 24, at St. Bonaventure (Empire), 4 p.m.; 29, Winthrop, at the Phoenix Classic, Hartford, Conn., 6:30 p.m.; 30 vs. Hartford or Central Connecticut State in the Phoenix Classic.

Dec.: 6, Loyola, 7 p.m.; 8, at Siena, 7 p.m.; 11, St. John's (Empire), 7:30 p.m.; 20, Texas-Pan American, at the San Juan Shootout, Carolina, P.R., noon; 21, Jacksonville or Oral Roberts in San Juan Shootout, noon or 2 p.m.; 22, Baylor, Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Coppin State or Florida International in San Juan Shootout, TBA; 29, at Drexel, 1 p.m.

Jan.: 2, at Akron, 7:30 p.m.; 5, at Marist, 7:30 p.m.; 7, at Manhattan, 7 p.m.; 12, Fairfield,, 2 p.m.; 17, Marist, 7 p.m.; 19, at St. Peter's, TBA; 26, Siena, 7 p.m.; 29, at Fairfield, 8 p.m.

Feb.: 1, Iona, 4 p.m.; 3, at Rider (MAAC-TV), 4 p.m.; 8, St. Peter's, 7 p.m.; 10, Manhattan (MAAC-TV), 4 p.m.; 13, at Loyola, 7:30 p.m.; 16, at Canisius, 3 p.m.; 20, at Iona 7:30 p.m.; Canisius (Empire) 4 p.m.

March: 1-5 at MAAC Tournament, Pepsi Arena, Albany.

Polka earns honor

Buffalo State's Monica Polka (Lewiston-Porter) was named State University Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) volleyball player of the week after leading the Bengals to three straight 3-0 victories and the championship of their own tournament.

Other SUNYAC weekly honors were a virtual sweep for Western New York athletes. Cortland junior forward Julie Gentner (Williamsville South) was named in field hockey after she scored twice in the undefeated Red Dragons' 6-1 victory at Hartwick. Brockport's Stephanie Rosenhahn (Kenmore East) shared the honors in women's soccer with Kris Tenalis of Geneseo. Cortland's Jesse Mankowski (Clarence), who scored all three goals in a victory over St. John Fisher, was named for men's soccer.

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