The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.
1. Canisius men's basketball: The Golden Griffins earned their best victory of the season, defeating the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference favorites Iona on the road Sunday. Five Canisius players scored in double digits, led by Isaiah Reese with 21, in the Griffs' 84-82 victory against the Gaels. Canisius, in first place at 7-1 in the MAAC, plays crosstown rival Niagara on Saturday.
2. University at Buffalo men's basketball: The Bulls also earned a signature victory, defeating Mid-American Conference West favorites Western Michigan on the road Friday. Jeremy Harris and CJ Massinburg each scored 20 as UB moved to 6-0 in the MAC, the best start to conference play in program history.
3. UB women's basketball: The Bulls defeated Toledo, the reigning MAC champions, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena. Stephanie Reid became the program's all-time leader in assists and Cierra Dillard scored a career-high 30 points in UB's 87-69 victory.
4. Katie McKrell: The Daemen women's volleyball player was named one of 25 finalists for the Coach Wooden Cup Award, given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies character, teamwork and citizenship. McKrell has volunteered 46 hours with Habitat for Humanity, 126 hours with Flower City Work Camp and 96 hours as a volunteer emergency medical technician in addition to holding multiple leadership positions on campus.
5. Kelsi Ebert: The Frontier grad became Hilbert women's basketball's all-time leading scorer Saturday, totalling 22 points against Penn State Altoona Saturday to push her career total to 1,101. As a team, Hilbert set a program record for wins in a season at the Division III level (12).
6. DeJaun Owens: The junior Villa Maria guard became the first male player in Vikings history to surpass the 1,000 point mark in Villa's 102-87 victory against the College of St. Joseph. Owens (Tapestry) scored 14 points in the game, his seventh straight outing with double-digit production.
7. Canisius swimming and diving: The Golden Griffins swept rival Niagara over the weekend, with the men winning 185-97 and the women winning 188-110. Women's diver Vivian Mroz earned first-place finishes in both 1-meter and 3-meter events, while Rebecca Anthone (Clarence) won the 50, 100 and 200-yard free races.
8. Buffalo State men's hockey: Goalie Ian Sylves, a Cheektowaga native, recorded his Division III-leading fifth shutout of the season as the Bengals defeated Brockport 3-0. Buff State is 13-4-2 and 6-2-2 in conference play after winning nine of the last 11 games.
9. Daemen men's basketball: The Wildcats have won eight straight, the longest active streak in the Division II East Region, after defeating Molloy and Queens this weekend. Daemen has a big matchup coming up on Sunday with Bridgeport, ranked No. 1 in the East poll.
10. Canisius women's basketball: The Golden Griffins have won three straight, defeating Siena and Saint Peter's this week. The pair of victories pushed the Griffs back to .500 in conference play, as Canisius is now 4-4 in the MAAC.
* St. Bonaventure women's basketball's Arielle Harvey (21 points) and Rhianna Council (12 points) both scored career highs in the Bonnies' 75-68 loss to Davidson.
* Niagara men's hockey split a weekend series with Holy Cross, which currently is tied with Canisius atop the Atlantic Hockey standings.
* Buffalo native Allie Matters was named the head women's volleyball coach at Wright State. She previously served as an assistant with Seton Hall for seven years.
* Medaille men's and women's basketball both defeated Pitt Greensburg on Saturday.
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