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Streaks continue for Canisius, UB

It was a mixed bag for the Big 4 women's basketball teams on the road Saturday afternoon. Canisius came away with its third straight win, while the University at Buffalo suffered its seventh straight loss.

At Fairfield, Canisius sprinted to a 41-29 halftime lead and held on for a 76-62 win in Bridgeport, Conn.

Megan Lyte led the Golden Griffins (13-9, 10-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Steeves added 14 points, while Becky Zak (13) and Cheri Wittlieb (11) were also in double figures.

Cara Murphy had a game-high 21 points for Fairfield (9-14, 6-8 MAAC).

In Kalamazoo, Mich., Buffalo dropped an 86-42 decision to Western Michigan (11-11, 8-3 Mid-American Conference). The Bulls shot just 31 percent from the field as the Broncs raced to a 40-15 halftime lead.

Stephanie Bennett scored 13 points for the Bulls (7-15, 2-9), while Flynn Pyykkonen had 10 rebounds.

Elsewhere, the wins just keep coming for Medaille as the Lady Mavs won their 13th straight -- a 66-53 decision over Pitt-Greensburg. The win clinched the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title for Medaille, as the team also set a program record for wins, improving to 21-1. Pitt-Greensburg held a 26-25 halftime lead, but three three-pointers by Janessa Vandegriff (Roy-Hart) sparked a late-second half drive. Carissa Ferrucci (Immaculata) had a team-high 15 points, while Amanda Baker pulled in 14 rebounds, including 8 on the offensive end. . . . Despite 15 points from Autumn Lee-Jeffries, Hilbert (6-16, 5-11 AMCC) suffered a 70-49 loss to Frostburg State. . . . Allison Depp (Lockport) scored 27 points with 11 rebounds to pace Daemen (17-10, 12-3 America Mideast Conference) to a 76-66 overtime win at St. Vincent. . . Darnika Moseley scored 20 points for Buffalo State (8-16) in a 63-58 loss at Plattsburgh. . . . Maria Brehm (Eden) hit two free throws with 5.9 seconds to give Erie Community College a 59-57 win over Mercyhurst Northeast. Deneen Flores (Seneca) scored 25 points with 18 rebounds for the Kats (8-15, 4-8 Western New York Conference).

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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Dion Mozelle scored a layup with three seconds to give Buffalo State a 77-76 win over Plattsburgh. Mozelle led the Bengals (13-11, 7-8 SUNYAC) with 18 points and 11 rebounds. . . . Dallas Reinard scored 23 points for Hilbert in a 72-67 win over Frostburg State. It was the fourth straight win for the Hawks (11-11, 9-7 AMCC). . . . James McNeil scored a game-high 36 points, but Medaille (4-19, 3-13 AMCC) lost to Pitt-Greensburg, 97-84. . . . Dewan Stroud (Seneca) scored 28 points for ECC (13-14, 7-5 WNYC) in a 105-92 loss to Mercyhurst Northeast.

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MEN'S HOCKEY: Fifth-year coach Dave Burkholder recorded his 50th win in College Hockey America as Niagara earned a 6-2 home win over Air Force. Goal scorers for the Purple Eagles (14-13-1, 8-5-1 CHA) were Kyle Rogers, Ted Cook, Sean Bentivoglio, Matt Caruana, Tim Madsen and Marc Norrington. . . . For the first time in 15 games, Canisius came up with a win over Holy Cross, 3-1. Fred Coccimiglio scored the game-winner, while Andrew Dawe and Billy Irish-Baker also scored for the Griffs (9-18-1, 7-14-1 Atlantic Hockey). Dan Giffin recorded 39 saves. . . . Jim Miller (Orchard Park) scored in overtime to give ECC (11-8-2) an 8-7 win over Canton.

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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Scoring three goals in a 47-second span in the second period helped Niagara end its 10-game winless streak as the Purple Eagles scored an 8-1 win over Robert Morris. Meagan Bleiman, Melanie Mills and Charde Hoyle-Levy each notched two goals, while Lisa Agozzino and Katie Sweeney had single tallies for Niagara (7-16-4, 1-5-1 College Hockey America). Allison Rutledge recorded 24 saves.

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SWIMMING: Kelly Stoklosa (West Seneca West) took first place for Buffalo State in the 200-yard breaststroke on the final day of the State University of New York Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. Stoklosa swam the race in 2:31.89 at the Flickinger Aquatic Center.

In the team scoring, the Oswego women won the overall title. Buffalo State placed sixth.

On the men's side, Geneseo took the team title with Buffalo State finishing seventh.

Amanda Dory (Sweet Home) finished second in the 1-meter dive for the Bengals.

From Fredonia, Kelly Sponholz (Alden) remained undefeated in diving events this year, winning the 1-meter. Rob Rumsey (Grand Island) placed third in the 200 back.

From Geneseo, Phil Szrama (Orchard Park) took fourth in the 200 back while Charlie Hake (Akron) was fourth in the 100 free. Mike Wiese (Kenmore West) placed second in the 200 butterfly.

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