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Big 4 Hoops: UB men routed by 32 at Toledo

The University at Buffalo lost one-sided games to ranked teams Xavier and Creighton, but those losses may not match the humiliation of Tuesday night's loss at Toledo, 86-54, in the Bulls Mid-American Conference opener.

UB (6-8, 0-1 MAC) never had the lead and trailed after the Rockets broke a 2-2 tie in the early going.

The starting five for coach Nate Oats -- Blake Hamilton, Willie Connor, C.J. Massinburg, Nick Perkins and Ikenna Start -- scored only 21 points combined. As a group, they were an astounding 0 for 14 from three-point range. UB was outrebounded, 49-33. The Bulls actually had few turnovers (9) than the home team's 11.

Ten minutes into the first half UB was down, 23-12, and trailed by 21, 46-25 at the half. Toledo's largest lead was 35 (68-33) in the second half. Senior guard Jonathan Williams led the Rockets with 26 points seven over his average. Sophomore guard Jaelan Sanford had 22 points. Toledo made 31 of 60 shots for 51.7 percent. The Rockets connected on six of 14 three-point attempts.

UB was 21 of 67 from the floor (31.3) and only 4 of 22 from beyond the three-point arc.

Quate McKinzie came off the bench for 12 points to lead UB. David Kadiri another reserve had 10.

The Bulls stay on the road for a Saturday afternoon MAC game against Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.


Wednesday's games

Ohio University lost just three Mid-American Conference women's basketball game last season. All three were to the University at Buffalo. Think the Bobcats may have a little incentive going into Wednesday night's game against the Bulls at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.).

UB is off to the best start in its women's basketball history, 11-1 after going 10-0. The Bulls easily won their MAC opener at home last Saturday over Miami (Ohio). Ohio is 10-2 with a 1-0 MAC mark. The Bobcats two losses were both on the road - at  Michigan and North Carolina A&T. Ohio is led by senior Quiera Lampkins, who is averaging 19.8 ppg. UB upset the top-seeded Bobcats in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament, winning 72-60 on the way to clinching an NCAA Tournament berth.

St. Bonaventure (6-8, 1-1 Atlantic 10) also is facing a difficult opponent. The Bonnies will be home to Dayton (7-7, 1-1 A-10) at the Reilly Center (Radio 105.9 FM, 7 p.m.).  One of Dayton's losses was at No. 1 Connecticut, 98-55. The Flyers own wins over Wisconsin and Texas A&M. Last time the two met, Bona registered a 59-54 victory at the Dayton Arena last Jan. 16.

The Canisius and Niagara men's teams will both be home for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games Wednesday night. Canisius (8-5, 2-1 MAAC) puts its six-game winning streak on the line against Quinnipiac (5-8, 2-1 MAAC) at the Koessler Center (Radio 1230, 7 p.m.). Canisius kept its streak going with n 82-79 MAAC win over Siena on Monday night at Koessler. Quinnipiac came from behind in the last five minutes for an 81-78 victory at Niagara. Freshmen Mikey Dixon and Peter Kiss led Quinnipiac, combining for 41 points. They each had 11 points in the second half for the Bobcats.

Niagara (4-10, 1-2 MAAC) will try to shake off Monday's tough loss when it faces Siena (4-10, 1-2) at the Gallagher Center (Radio 550, 7 p.m.). The Saints have won the last seven games in the rivalry with the Purple Eagles and comes to Lewiston with an experienced, well-balanced team.

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