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Bonnies face UCF on road

A University of Central Florida (19-11) team that owns wins over three NCAA Tournament teams will host St. Bonaventure (16-14) in the UCF Arena in Orlando tonight (HDNet, 8 p.m.) in a first-round game of the College Basketball Invitational.

(HDNet is available through many Western New York TV providers, but not on Time Warner Cable.)

The Bonnies, who are led by All-Atlantic 10 forward Andrew Nicholson, will be facing a UCF lineup that includes three juniors and two sophomores.

One of the sophs is 6-foot-3 point guard Marcus Jordan, son of Michael Jordan. Jordan leads UCF in scoring at 15.6. The Knights will counter Nicholson's inside play with a pair of 6-8, 245 pounders -- Keith Clanton and Dwight McComb. Clanton, a sophomore, is averaging 14.0 points and 8.1 rebounds.

UCF has defeated Florida, Princeton and Alabama State, all NCAA participants.

In women's basketball, Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Kourtney Brown and her University at Buffalo teammates will face Wright State (19-12) in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio (Radio 1340, 7 p.m.). It's the first postseason game in women's basketball for UB (16-15).

Brown ranks fifth nationally in rebounds (11.8) and blocked shots (3.3), is seventh in field-goal percentage (.588) and ninth in scoring (22.2).

The UB-Wright State winner will face the winner of tonight's Manhattan-Sacred Heart game on Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined.

Wright State is led by senior guard LaShawna Thomas, a first team All-Horizon League selection who is 20th in Division I in assists per game at 5.6 and 25th in scoring at 18.6 points per game.

Thomas has reached double figures in scoring in all but two games this season.

Elsewhere, tickets went on sale at the Reilly Center ticket office Tuesday for St. Bonaventure's first-round home game against Lehigh on Thursday night (7 p.m.) in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Lehigh is led by senior guard Erica Prosser, whose father, Craig, played at Canisius College (1974-76).

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