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Ball State visits UB; Siena at Niagara

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team lost both its Mid-American Conference games in the state of Michigan this season.

Thankfully for the Bulls, they won’t have to play again in Michigan this season after losses at Eastern Michigan and a 20-point pasting at Western Michigan on Saturday.

Tuesday night, the Bulls will be home to face a MAC opponent that is riding high after a visit to the Wolverine State.

Ball State comes to Alumni Arena fresh off an 88-87 double-overtime win at Eastern Michigan.

Earlier, the Cardinals won at Western Michigan. The Cardinals’ victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday came on a three-point basket from the top of the key at the buzzer by Francis Kiapway.

A 6-foot-3 sophomore, Kiapway is from nearby Hamilton, Ont., but played his prep school ball at St. Thomas More in Connecticut.

Ball State is 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the MAC but has played no games against teams from the so-called power conferences. UB has losses to Duke and Iowa State and losses to three Atlantic 10 teams on its record.

The loss to Western Michigan ended a two-game conference win streak for coach Nate Oats’ Bulls. Junior Willie Conner has been UB’s scoring leader in recent games, averaging 16.0 over the last six. He had 17 in the loss to Western Michigan.

Meanwhile, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Siena will be trying for a sweep of its annual Western New York swing for the first time since 2007-08 when it faces Niagara on Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.

The Saints blitzed Canisius with 66 percent shooting in a 99-78 romp at the Koessler Center on Sunday afternoon. It included a perfect shooting performance from forward Lavon Long, who made all seven of his field goal tries and all 11 of his free throws in a 25-point game.

Siena (13-7, 6-3 MAAC) is firmly in the conference picture because it has both games to play against Iona. Niagara (5-15, 3-6) has lost its last three games and has dropped six straight to the Saints since a 74-62 win in the 2013 MAAC tournament. NU lost at Siena, 75-63 earlier this month.

Matt Scott has led Niagara in scoring the last three games, averaging 19.3 and shooting 82.8 percent.