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Big 4 hoops roundup: Pre-Thanksgiving losses for UB men, Canisius women

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team scored 56 second-half points, its highest total in a half this season, but even that wasn’t enough to overcome a 46-24 halftime deficit against South Dakota State at the Cayman Classic Wednesday.

The Bulls went on a 21-7 run in the second half to pull within five, 64-59, with 7:19 left, but the Jackrabbits answered with a 19-5 run to pull away for a 94-80 win.

UB appeared to be a step slow defensively and dug itself an early hole by shooting 26.5 percent in the first half. SDSU (5-2) shot 60.9 percent for the game, while the Bulls (3-2) improved to 41.7 percent after shooting 21-38 over the last 20 minutes. The Jackrabbits outrebounded UB, 37-28.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bulls, led by Nick Perkins with 17. Davonta Jordan was next with 16, and Dontay Caruthers scored 13 off the bench.

South Dakota State’s Mike Daum scored a game-high 34 points.

The Bulls are off until next Wednesday, when they visit Niagara at 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure comes to Alumni Arena Saturday, Dec. 2 for a 2 p.m. tip.

Griffs fall to Cornell

The Canisius women’s basketball team hung around for as long as it could, but turnovers proved to be too costly in a 67-59 loss to Cornell at the Koessler Athletic Center Wednesday.

Ten Golden Griffins (2-2) combined to commit 21 total turnovers, seven in the fourth quarter, which the Big Red (1-4) converted into 25 points.

Behind a game-high 27 points from sophomore Samantha Widmann, Cornell used a 20-point fourth quarter to extend its 47-45 lead after 30 minutes.

Junior Maria Welch led Canisius with 18 points, while classmate Sara Hinriksdottir added 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Sophomores Shannon Conely and Tiana Pugh each scored nine points.

Canisius plays at Bucknell (2-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bison lost their third straight game on Tuesday to St. Bonaventure, 59-48.

Bulls head to Florida

University at Buffalo’s women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season after a pair of wins against Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore at Alumni Arena.

The Bulls (2-0) are participating in the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach for a game today against Big Ten member Nebraska (3-1) at 4:15 p.m. and then a 6:30 p.m. tip Friday against Clemson (3-1) of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A sweep over the Power 5 schools would give UB its third consecutive 4-0 start to the season. It improved to 2-0 for the third year in a row on Monday with a dominant 76-41 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. The defense forced 31 turnovers and turned those into 36 points.

UB has had plenty of success in non-conference play recently, posting a 34-12 overall record the past four seasons. It got out to a program-record 10-0 start last year before losing to Harvard.

The next home game for the Bulls is Dec. 7 against Canisius at 7 p.m.

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