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Canisius crushes Syracuse; Bona beats Michigan

The Canisius women's basketball team found a tasty Orange in its stocking Friday.

In their first-ever visit to the Carrier Dome, the Golden Griffins rallied to defeat Syracuse, 56-43, before 307.

Led by seven points from Jesse Lamparski, the Griffins' 14-2 run in the final 5:42 turned a one-point lead (42-41) into a 13-point rout. It was just the second win in 23 tries for Canisius (7-4) against a Big East opponent. Both wins have come over Syracuse (6-7).

Canisius -- which led at intermission, 23-21 -- shot 60 percent (9 of 15) from long distance. Amanda Cavo (11 points) and Brittane Russell (team-high 12 points) were each 3 for 3 from three-point range, and half of the Griffins' 18 field goals were three-pointers. Megan Lyte also had 11 points and finished with a team-high six rebounds.

"We battled at both ends of the floor and I thought our players executed the game plan from start to finish. We got great minutes from everyone," said Canisius coach Terry Zeh.

Center Vaida Sipaviciute led the Orange with a game-high 16 points.

Elsewhere in Big 4 women's basketball, St. Bonaventure (7-5) posted its third straight win and fourth straight road victory by defeating Michigan, 56-50, before 1,119 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Bona led, 26-24, at halftime and never trailed after the break.

The Wolverines drew within 42-41 with 7:46 remaining, but Dana Mitchell hit a pair of jumpers around two free throws by Ashley Edwards to make it 48-41 with 3:16 left. Michigan never came closer.

Priscilla Edwards led the Bonnies with 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Andrea Doneth netted 11 and Katelyn Murray had 10. Kelly Helvey led Michigan (7-6) with 14.

Meanwhile, a 12-day rest didn't help the University at Buffalo as the Bulls dropped their second straight, falling to Southeast Missouri State, 61-50, before 688 at Alumni Arena. UB (4-7) never led.

Paced by Tarina Nixon's 15 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting, the Redhawks (7-4) led at intermission, 32-24. The Bulls held Nixon scoreless in the second half, but the damage was done.

"We missed a lot of shots that we've been making," said UB coach Linda Hill-MacDonald. "We did not shoot from the perimeter very well."

Heather Turner (Mount Mercy) led the Bulls with 19 points. Stephanie Bennett had 10. Nixon finished with a team-high 15.

FOOTBALL: Two New York City players -- linebacker Adekunle Akingba of Brooklyn and offensive lineman Solomon Richberg of Queens have enrolled at UB and will be eligible for spring practice.

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