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Bengals top Medaille to capture title

Buffalo State's men's basketball team opened the second half with a 17-0 run and defeated Medaille, 97-74, to claim the championship of the Holiday Inn Invitational at the Bengal Sports Arena. The Bengals had used a 9-0 run at the end of the half to take a 40-39 lead to the locker room.

Tournament MVP James Williams led Buffalo State with 30 points. Gregg Jones added 17 and Jobany Tirado had 16 while Dion Mozelle set a tournament record with 17 rebounds. James McNeil scored 30 to lead the losing Mavericks.

In the third-place game, Hilbert led all the way in defeating D'Youville, 66-60. Dallas Reinard, who led all scorers with 27 points, made three free throws in the closing seconds to seal it. Ross King led D'Youville with 19 points and 11 boards.

Mozelle, Jones, McNeil, Reinard and King made all-tournament.

In Amherst, Daemen (8-3, 1-0) opened its American Mideast Conference schedule with an 89-59 win over Notre Dame (Ohio). Brian Montanaro scored 27 points and Joe Olsen had 18 for the Wildcats, who made 10 of 16 shots from three-point range (62.5 percent). . . . Erie Community College defeated Myers University, an NAIA Division II four-year school, 92-69, in the first round of the Lakeland CC Tournament in Mentor, Ohio. Dewan Stroud (Seneca) led the Kats with 18 points. Donte Ledwell added 12 points, and Jason Majors had 12 rebounds.

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MEN'S HOCKEY: Niagara's Jeff Van Nynatten turned in his second straight shutout with 32 saves as the Purple Eagles (9-7-1, 5-2-1 CHA) scored three times in the third period to defeat Robert Morris, 3-0, and sweep the two-game College Hockey America series from the Colonials.

Sean Bentivoglio scored twice, including an empty-netter with 8 seconds left and Matt Caruana also tallied for Niagara before a Dwyer Arena crowd of 902. Bentivoglio has nine goals this season.

Niagara defeated Robert Morris, 1-0, on Friday; Van Nynatten made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season.

At the Buffalo State Ice Arena, Canisius (5-10-1, 3-8-1 in Atlantic Hockey) dropped a second straight 4-3 decision to Mercyhurst on Scott Reynolds' goal with 4:38 left in the third period. Joey Coccimiglio, Chris Angelo (short-handed) and Spencer Churchill scored for the Griffs.

Although outshot, 39-24, Lebanon Valley (Pa.) defeated Buffalo State, 4-1, scoring three times in the third period at the Bengal Sports Arena. Jason Hill (Niagara Falls) scored for the Bengals in the second to tie the game, 1-1. Sean Sheehan made 20 saves in goal for Buffalo State (7-8). . . . Neumann completed a two-game sweep of Fredonia (6-5-2) with a 7-4 win in Aston, Pa. Neil Sheehan scored twice for the Blue Devils while Kraig Kuzma and Kyle Bozoian scored once each.

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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Niagara, which once competed in the ECAC Women's Hockey League, completed a two-game weekend sweep of that league's first-place team Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Clarkson before 301 at Dwyer Arena. Clarkson (11-6-1) was ranked No. 8 in the country in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll.

Goalie Allison Rutledge of the Purple Eagles registered the shutout, stopping 38 shots. Rutledge made 38 saves in Friday's 4-1 Niagara victory over the visitors. Niagara turned back seven Clarkson power plays.

Niagara (6-9-1) put only 15 shots on Stephanie Hansen but Candace Boyles scored at 11:13 of the third period to decide it.

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Medaille (7-0) shot 62.5 percent in taking a 16-point halftime lead and handed visiting St. John Fisher its first loss of the season, 89-79. Brenlyn Campbell (Lewiston-Porter) led the Mavericks with 24 points. Carissa Ferrucci (Immaculata) had 13 points and eight assists. . . . Allison Depp (Lockport) scored a career-high 38 points as Daemen (4-4, 1-0) defeated Notre Dame (Ohio), 95-77, in the American Mideast Conference. Depp also had 12 rebounds and six blocked shots. Alison LaPoint tied the Daemen record with 13 assists. Germany Jackson (Traditional) chipped in with 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats. . . . Darnika Moseley registered her third consecutive double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Buffalo State (3-5) in a 60-49 win over Grove City in the consolation game of the Penn State Behrend Winter Classic in Erie, Pa. Toya Parks had 18 points and Gina Apa (McKinley) had 13 for the Bengals.

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