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Big 4 roundup UB rebounds from losses with road win

Two close home defeats last week knocked the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team off course a bit, but Wednesday night the Bulls got back on track with a 78-63 road win over Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.

The Bulls grabbed the lead midway through the first half and stayed in control most of the way to improve their overall record to 16-9 and their Mid-American Conference mark to 7-6. It was UB’s fourth conference road win in seven games.

Justin Moss led a balanced UB attack with 15 points, 12 coming in the second half. Shannon Evans had 14, Will Regan 13 and Xavier Ford 12 for the Bulls, who hit 21 of 47 field goal tries for 44.7 percent and outrebounded the home team, 46-35. Moss led UB with nine boards.

Karrington Ward led the Eagles with 21 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.

Eastern Michigan’s last lead in the game was 13-12. UB went on a 13-2 run to make it 25-15 and led 38-31 at the half. UB rebounded from tough losses to Toledo and Central Michigan last week.

Next up for UB is a road game at Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon. The host Falcons are tied for the lead in the MAC East Division with a 9-4 record after they were upset at home by Miami (Ohio) 67-56.

UB also picked up a game on Akron (8-5), which lost at home to Toledo, 68-66. Kent State moved into a tie for first with a 58-53 win at home over Ball State.

Meanwhile in women’s Big 4 games, both UB and St. Bonaventure rallied for conference victories.

At Alumni Arena, the UB (14-9, 7-5 MAC) stormed back from a 33-24 halftime deficit and defeated Kent State (4-19, 2-10), 59-57.

Alexus Malone scored all 12 of her points in the second half to lead the rally. Mackenzie Loesing had 19.

UB caught the Flashes at 36-all and took the lead for good, 52-50, on a layup by Ayana Bradley with 6:28 to play.

St. Bonaventure (14-12, 4-9) made an even more impressive rally. Led by Katie Healy (Lancaster) the Bonnies came from 20 points down for a 57-55 victory at Saint Louis.

The host Billikens (13-13, 6-7) led, 30-19, at halftime but could not hold off Bona. The Bonnies held Saint Louis to 24 percent shooting in the second half (6 of 25).

Healy finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Nyla Rueter added 12 for Bona.

Freshman center Sadie Stipanovich had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Billikens.

Thursday’s games

Canisius (12-12, 8-8) will begin its final regular season road trip against Siena (10-15, 7-9) at the Times Union Center in Albany. The scenario has changed since the Griffs routed Siena, 83-49, at the Koessler Center last month. Since then, Canisius has lost forwards Phil Valenti and Jermaine Crumpton to injury while the Saints have gotten back 6-foot-6 senior guard Rob Poole and 6-7 sophomore forward Lovon Long. Poole and Long missed the previous loss to Canisius.

Niagara also will be on the road, taking on Fairfield for the first time this season, at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Niagara has won only one road game all season, a 61-59 triumph at Saint Peter’s in November. The Purple Eagles last victory 105-100 in overtime over Quinnipiac.