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Big 4 Roundup: UB’s late burst good for road win

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team used a solid second half to pull out a 76-67 win over Kent State in Kent, Ohio, on Friday night.

Willie Conner and Lamonte Bearden led the way with 22 and 21 points, respectively, for the Bulls. They were the only UB players in double figures.

Xavier Pollard had 21 points for the Golden Flashes.

The game was tied at 34-34 at the half, but it didn’t take long for Buffalo to take charge of the contest. Early in the second half, the Bulls scored seven straight points – with Bearden scoring five of them on a three-pointer and a field goal, and passing for the other score – to take a 10-point lead. The lead was 48-38 with less than 15 minutes to play, and the Bulls maintained control from there.

The Bulls earned their first Mid-American Conference victory against one loss, and moved above the .500 mark for the season at 8-7. Kent State fell to 10-5, 1-1 MAC.

UB plays at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night.

In women’s basketball, Canisius lost a road game to Quinnipiac, 63-54, in Hamden, Conn. Both teams moved to the .500 mark for the season, as they are 7-7. The two squads are also 2-2 in the MAAC.

Appropriately, both teams had very balanced scoring attacks. Lauren D’Hont led the Golden Griffins with 11 points, and Tamara Miskovic added 10 points.

For Quinnipiac, three players had 10 points each: Paula Stroutmane, Aryn McClure and Sarah Shewan.

The two teams kept it close for three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats had a 23-17 edge to finally gain some breathing room. The Quinnipiac lead was only three points with a little more than two minutes to go, but the home team took charge down the stretch.

Next up for Canisius is a Sunday afternoon road game at Iona.

Meanwhile, the Niagara women have put together a winning streak. They defeated Saint Peter’s, 52-48, in a game played in Jersey City, N.J.

The Purple Eagles moved to 4-10, 2-3 in the MAAC, while the Peacocks slipped to 3-11, 1-4.

Taylor McKay led Niagara with 14 points and six rebounds followed by Sam Lapszynski with 10 points and nine rebounds.

This game was close most of the way, but Niagara scored the game’s final five points to pull it out.

The Purple Eagles play at Rider on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday’s games

• Niagara picked up a badly needed victory on Thursday night when the Eagles knocked off Saint Peter’s. Now the competition goes up several notches, as Manhattan comes to the Gallagher Center (3 p.m., Radio 550 AM). Niagara had lost seven in a row before beating the MAAC opponent. Emile Blackman and Matt Scott are averaging more than 10 points per game for the Purple Eagles.

• Speaking of Saint Peter’s, that squad will provide the opposition for Canisius as the two teams play at the Koessler Center (2 p.m., Radio 1230 AM). The Golden Griffins have lost their last two games, and defense has been a problem. Canisius has given up a total of 175 points in those two losses. It’s the last home game for the Griffs before they hit the road for four straight games and six games out of seven.

• St. Bonaventure has gotten off to a good start in Atlantic 10 play with a 2-0 record (10-3 overall). We’ll learn a little more about the Bonnies after Saturday’s game at the University of Massachusetts (12 noon, CBSSN, Radio 1450 AM and 95.7 FM). The Minutemen are 8-6, 1-1 A-10. The Bonnies have been led by senior forward Dion Wright, senior guard Marcus Posley and sophomore guard Jaylen Adams. They have combined to average 51.7 points per game. Bona and UMass will play twice this season.

• The University at Buffalo women’s team (9-4, 1-1 MAC) hopes to follow up a good win over Central Michigan on Wednesday by taking a road game at Kent State on Saturday (2 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The Chippewas had been averaging 75 points per game, but the Bulls held them to 61 in winning at home. Kent State has gotten off to a slow start (3-9, 0-2). The Golden Flashes have three starters back from last season.