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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; February 25, 1961 -- 99 and out

It was all so perfect. St. Bonaventure had won its previous 99 home games in a row, and the Bonnies were ready to celebrate hitting the century mark. Even a Sports Illustrated reporter made his way to the Olean Armory for the party, joining the 2,200 in attendance.

However, Niagara turned out to be a party pooper.

The Purple Eagles enjoyed beating their Little Three rival by a score of 87-77.

It was only the second loss of the season for the Bonnies, who had been ranked in the top five of the national rankings for most of the season. They were coached by Eddie Donovan and led by All-American Tom Stith, Fred Crawford and Whitey Martin.

Niagara came into the game at 14-4, so the Purple Eagles were obviously no pushover. Al Butler was the team's biggest star. Niagara coach Taps Gallagher was carried off the court by his happy players after the game, and he said it was the best win in a long career.

Gallagher stayed 31 seasons at Niagara, and he had 26 winning seasons and made seven trips to the National Invitation Tournament.

-- Budd Bailey

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