Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) scored a layup with 4 seconds to play, then cashed her free throw to complete the three-point play that gave the University at Buffalo women a 71-69 nonconference triumph over Duquesne (3-2) at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulls, the only undefeated team among Western New York Big 4 varsities, improved their record to 4-0 with a home game against Sacred Heart (Conn.) of the Northeast Conference coming up at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Alumni Arena.
UB never had the lead until Stephanie Reid hit a three-point shot for a 64-62 advantage with 2:39 to play. The Bulls' largest advantage was 68-64 with 1:43 left after a basket by Joanna Smith. The Dukes however took a 69-68 with five straight free throws, the last two by Amadea Szamosi with 11 seconds left.
Smith then got the ball inside to Oursler for the winning basket.
UB trailed 52-48 entering the fourth quarter but 9 of 17 shots to the Dukes' 5-17 in the final period.
Reid led UB scoringwith 15 points. Oursler and Smith had 11 each. Freshman Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O'Hara) had six points, six rebounds and two blocked shots off the bench for the Bulls.
Szamosi had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Duquesne while Kadi-Ann Lass had 22.
Canisius and Saint Francis played an even first half Tuesday morning in Loretto, Pa., then the Red Flash stepped it up and rolled on to a 95-74 victory over the Golden Griffins in a nonconference women's basketball game.
The Red Flash (2-2) thrilled a crowd that included 350 elementary school children by outscoring Canisius, 52-31, in the second half. Saint Francis had a 28-23 advantage in the third quarter after the teams ended the first half tied at 43.
Lauren D'Hont led Canisius with 24 points. Maya Wynn led five double-figure scorers for Saint Francis with 23 points.
The Griffs (1-3) will face Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Koessler Center.
Tennessee State, once the small college basketball power under the legendary coach John McLendon with three straight NAIA titles in 1957-58-59, will take on Canisius (1-3) in the Koessler Center (Radio xxx, 7 p.m.). Tennessee State was known as Tennessee A&I in its championship years and its best player then was Dick Barnett of New York Knicks fame. Barnett still holds the school record with 48 points in a game. The Tigers and Griffs had met only once with Tennessee State winning, 79-69, on Jan. 11, 1964 in Memorial Auditorium although Tennessee A&I and St. Bonaventure met xxxx times in the early 1960s. Tennessee State (4-0) will be shooting for its first 5-0 start since it moved up to NCAA Division I .
The shortest players in the Tennessee State lineup are 6-4 senior Jordan Reed and 6-4 junior Darreon Reddick. Reed needs 19 points to reach 1,000 for his career as aTiger.
Canisius lost to the University of Tennessee-Martin. 72-69, in its home opener on Monday night. UT-Martin and Tennessee State are members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Niagara (0-4) will be home to Drexel (Radio xxxx, 7 p.m.) in the Gallagher Center in its second game in the Scarlet Knight Showcase. Niagara will complete its games in the Scarlet Knight Showcase when it faces North Texas on Friday night in Denton, Texas. Drexel, led by freshman Kurk Lee, defeated North Texas, 83-62, in Denton on Sunday night. The closest Niagara has come to a win, was a 68-65 overtime loss at Hartford.
UB (2-1) will open play in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchrage when it faces host Alaska-Anchorage (Radio 1520, CBS Sports Network 11 p.m.). Anchorage, an NCAA Division II member is 4-2 on the season. UB and Anchorage are in the same side of the bracket as Oakland (4-0) and Nevada (3-1). The winners and losers will meet on Friday. Play in the opposite bracket among Iona, Drake, UC-Davis and Weber State will be on Thursday.
Niagara's women's team (1-3) will play at Cleveland State on a Wednesday afternoon game in the Wolstein Center in Cleveland. Niagara edges the Vikings, 73-72, at home last season.