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Colleges roundup: UB men open MAC play on national TV

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team opens its 20th season in the Mid-American Conference Tuesday in a nationally-televised matchup at Alumni Arena against fellow 8-5 team Toledo. Game starts at 7 p.m. and will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Buffalo ended nonconference play with eight wins for the third time since 2010-11 and its most since 2014-15. The Bulls are 7-12 all-time in league openers.

With 997 career points, junior CJ Massinburg is three away from becoming the 20th player in school history to hit 1,000. Tuesday is his 73rd game, which would be seventh fastest.

NU women visit Fairfield

Niagara’s women’s basketball team heads to Fairfield for a contest between two 1-0 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference at 7 p.m.

A career-high 28 points by Victoria Rampado led the Purple Eagles (4-8, 1-0) to a 73-59 home win over Iona on Saturday. NU outscored the Gaels in the second half, 45-13, for its third win in a row.

Fairfield (4-8, 1-0) won its MAAC opener Friday at Canisius, 56-52.

Lady Griffs head to Iona

The Canisius women’s basketball team looks to respond from its MAAC loss to Fairfield last Friday and snap a nine-game losing streak in the process when it visits Iona at 7 p.m.

The Golden Griffins (2-10, 0-1) haven’t won since mid-November, when it beat St. Bonaventure at home and Bowling Green on the road in back-to-back games.

The Gaels are winless at 0-12.

Clarkson hosts Ice Griffs

No. 20 Canisius (10-6-1) completes its home-and-home series with No. 4 Clarkson (15-3-1) on the road at 7 p.m.

The Golden Knights blew out the Griffs, 5-1, at the HarborCenter on Dec. 2. Since then, Canisius swept a series with Niagara and lost at nationally-ranked Cornell, 6-2.

Junior forward Dylan McLaughlin leads the Griffs in goals (12) and assists (15). He currently leads the nation in points per game with 1.67.

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