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UB men, Bona women win on the road

The University at Buffalo basketball team led by as many as 21 points Tuesday night before settling for an 80-64 victory over Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.

Justin Moss had 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting with a team-leading nine rebounds. Shannon Evans was close behind with 23 points and handed out seven assists. Jarryn Skeete ended with 14 points.

The Bulls shot 52 percent from the floor and forced 16 turnovers. Royce Woolridge had 19 points for Grand Canyon (2-3).

Next start for the Bulls (3-1) is Saturday against Canisius in the First Niagara Center at 4:15 p.m.

• Freshman point guard Jaylen Adams had a career-high 19 points as St. Bonaventure beat Jackson State, 79-71, at the Reilly Center. Adams was 4 of 8 from three-point range and 7 of 8 from the line.

St. Bonaventure trailed 57-55 with 8:41 to play, but went on a 13-3 run to open a 68-60 lead.

Jackson State cut the lead to three but got no closer.

Junior forward Dion Wright had his second career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

• Canisius (2-1) is at Cornell (2-4) tonight at 7 in what is the first meeting since 2001.

The Big Red has lost three straight heading into the game. Cornell leads the series record, 25-17. Canisius won the 2001 meeting, 65-48.

The Griffs have been able to defend the three-pointer well, holding opponents to .242 (8-of-33).

Canisius is led by Zach Lewis (15.5 ppg.) and Phil Valenti (13.5 ppg.).

Women

Nyla Rueter’s layup with 1.4 seconds left lifted visiting St. Bonaventure, 56-54, over Penn State in University Park, Pa., the Bonnies first victory ever of the Nittany Lions in women’s basketball.

Bona trailed for 31:03 of the game’s 40 minutes but closed with a 16-5 run to wipe out a nine-point deficit.

Katie Healy (Lancaster) scored five of her 12 points over the final seven minutes of the game and also led with a game-high 11 rebounds.

• Canisius (0-2) returns to the court tonight when its hosts three-time defending America East champion Albany in the Koessler Athletic Center at 7 p.m. Both of the Griffs’ losses havre been on the road, to St. Bonaventure and Bryant. They are led by preseason All-MAAC senior guard Kayla Hoohuli (14 ppg).