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Big 4 Hoops: Guards lead UB's second-half surge against BG

The University at Buffalo's inside game produced 48 points in the paint to 22 for Bowling Green, but it was guard play in the second half that led the Bulls to an 88-74 Mid-American Conference men's basketball victory Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ohio.

UB shot 63.5 percent (33 of 52) in winning its fourth in a row. The Bulls shot 57 percent on 17 of 30 in the first half, but trailed at the halftime, 42-39., 13 for 19.

Meanwhile, at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C., 6-foot-9 center Tyler Cavanaugh scored 33 points in leading George Washington over St. Bonaventure, 76-70, in their Atlantic 10 Conference game.

The Bulls' victory was a bit of a coming out party for freshman guard C.J. Caruthers of the Bulls, who had a career-high 18 points, 14 in the second half. Caruthers hit 5 of his 6 shots after halftime as he easily eclipsed his previous single-game high of 11. C.J. Massinburg, another starting guard, also had 18 points, 10 in the second half.

The Bulls had a 24-4 run to take charge in the second half. Blake Hamilton led UB with 19 points while Willie Conner had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Dylan Frye scored 20 points in 25 minutes to lead the Falcons.

UB will stay on the road to meet Central Michigan on Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Cavanaugh, a transfer from Wake Forest who was a high school star at Jamesville-DeWitt High near Syracuse proved too much for the Bonnies to handle. Cavanaugh's father, John, played college ball at Hamilton with UB baseball coach Ron Torgalski and is one of the top career scorers in the Continentals' history.

The George Washington center made 9 of 19 field goal tries, including two three-pointers and was 13 for 14 at the free throw line. The Bonnies, who trailed nearly the entire game, often by double-digits, closed to 68-66 before Cavanaugh scored on a layup with 59 seconds left. It was 71-68 with 23 seconds left, but Yuta Wanabe converted a pair of free throws to make it a two-possession game, 73-68.

David Andoh, who did not start, led the Bonnies with 20 points. Jaylen Adams had 19, but struggled in his shooting. Adams made only 2 of 13 field goal attempts, 1 of 10 from three-point range. Fourteen of his points came in 15 attempts at the foul line. Adams also had 11 assists. Matt Mobley had only six points for the Bonnies on 1 for 8 on his field goal tries.

Besides Cavanaugh, Jaren Sina had 22 points for GW, 21 on seven three-point shots. Matt Hart (Canisius) contributed one three-point basket to the Colonials' victory.

In women's basketball, both the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure lost home games.

UB looked in good shape, leading Northern Illinois 65-60 after three quarters Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena. However, the visiting Huskies began the final quarter on a 16-0 run over the span of 5 minutes and 22 seconds and defeated the Bulls 89-80. It was the third home loss in conference play for UB, which is 16-7 overall after starting the season 10-0 and 6-6 in MAC play. NIU is 17-6nd moved into a tie for first in the MAC West with a 10-2 conference record.

UB went 0 for 9 during the Northern Illinois run, 0 for 5 from three-point range, and had two turnovers. In the fourth quarter, the visiting Huskies made 9 of 12 field goal attempts and attempted only three threes, making none. They were 9 for 10 on foul shots and outrebounded UB 13-5.

JoAnna Smith led UB's scoring with 22 points while Stephanie Reid had 18 and 12 assists.  The Bulls' largest lead was eight points (48-40) in the third quarter.

Three Northern Illinois players went the whole 40 minutes. One of them Ally Lehman had 29 points as four of the Huskies five starters scored in double figures.

Saint Louis had too much size again for the St. Bonaventure women and earned a sweep of the Atlantic 10 season series with the Bonnies with a 74-58 victory at the Reilly Center.

The Billikens, who boast eight players of six feet or taller, including six who are 6-2 over, scored 50 points in the paint and were led by guard Jackie Kemph who ahd 20 points and eight assists.

For the Bonnies (9-16, 4-9 Atlantic 10), Gabby Richmond had her sixth double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Mariah Ruff had 18 for the Bonnies.

Saint Louis gave up the opening basket but soon moved to a 26-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sadie Stipanovich, daughter of former University of Missouri star and NBA player Steve Stipanovich had 14 points for the Billikens. Saint Louis came into the game leading the A-10 in three-point shooting at 36 percent but made only 3 of 24.

Today's games

Niagara (9-17, 6-9) , riding high after Friday night's win at Canisius, has another big one this afternoon against Iona (16-9, 9-5 MAAC). The Purple Eagles surprised the Gaels in the first meeting, winning 74-58, on Dec. 4 in New Rochelle. It was Niagara's first win at Hynes Athletic Center since the 2008-09 season. Iona had a six-game win streak snapped by Siena, 81-79, on Tuesday in New Rochelle.

Both the Canisius and Niagara women's teams have conference road games. Canisius (6-17, 7-8 MAAC) will face Rider (18-6, 12-3) at 1 p.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J. Rider edged the Griffs, 71-70, at Koessler Athletic Center on Dec. 2.

Niagara, which lost to Marist, 60-58, on two late free throws will face the Red Foxes at 2 p.m. at the McCann Center in Poughkeepsie. Marist, which used to dominate MAAC women's basketball, is 11-13 overall and 8-6 in MAAC play. Friday night's loss at Canisius left the Purple Eagles at 6-18 overall, 3-12 in the MAAC.



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