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Canisius twin bill highlights busy day

It's another full slate of nonconference games in the Big 4 highlighted by a doubleheader for Canisius at the Koessler Center.

The women will host Cornell at 5:15 p.m. followed by the men against Binghamton.

Things are starting to click for the Golden Griffin women, who have won their last two games, including a 64-60 win over Albany last week. Canisius (5-5) leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 14.4 assists per game. Sophomore Jamie Ruttle paces the offense with 10.8 points per game.

Cornell (3-6) has split its last four games and is paced by sophomore guard Allyson DiMagno (11.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg).

In the men's game, Canisius is looking to end an 0-4 losing skid at home this season when it hosts Binghamton (0-10). The Griffs (2-9) are coming off a 59-45 loss to Loyola (Chicago). Harold Washington leads the Griffs in scoring (18.2 ppg).

Binghamton is losing by an average of 18 points a game -- 73.3-55.0. Byron Brown Jr., son of the Buffalo mayor, is a sophomore guard for the Bearcats but has seen action in just one game this season.

In Lewiston, meanwhile, Niagara looks to end its four-game home losing streak when it hosts UMBC (1-10) at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. This is the longest home losing streak for the Purple Eagles (4-8) since the 2006-07 season. Juan'ya Green's 19.1 points per game average is second in the nation among freshmen. He has netted double digits in every game this season.

The University at Buffalo will close out 2011 in Philadelphia when it plays Temple at 7 p.m. The Bulls are 6-3 overall, coming off a 93-78 loss at BYU.

In the last two games, the Bulls have shot 50 percent or better from the field while Zach Filzen leads the nation in three-pointers made per game at 3.9. The key for the Bulls this season has been the play of their bench. Reserves are averaging 21.2 points in wins and only 10.3 points in losses.

Temple (7-3) has the nation's sixth-longest home winning streak, having won 24 straight games at the Liacouras Center.