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College Power 10: Niagara's Towns, UB's Oursler have career days

The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.

1. James Towns: The Niagara men’s basketball guard scored a career-high 31 points in the Purple Eagles’ impressive 105-89 rout at Canisius. Towns was also strong in the Purple Eagles’ 72-63 victory against Manhattan with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists and an emphatic put-back dunk.

2. Cassie Oursler: The Grand Island product led the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team in points (25) and rebounds (13, a career best) in a 97-92 overtime victory against Eastern Michigan. She hit a layup and a pair of free throws down the stretch in extra time to help UB to its fifth straight victory. Point guard Stephanie Reid also had a highlight moment, as she hit a free throw for her 1,000th career point.

3. St. Bonaventure men’s basketball: After a poor start to Atlantic 10 play, the Bonnies are back on track. St. Bonaventure squeaked out a 70-67 victory against Saint Joseph’s and blew by George Washington, 70-52. Jaylen Adams led the team with 16 points against the Hawks, while Matt Mobley stepped up for 24 against the Colonials.

4. UB men’s basketball: It was closer than the Bulls have been used to lately, but UB’s unbeaten streak in the Mid-American Conference continued with at Ohio U. Ikenna Smart recorded his first double-double and Nick Perkins hit the 1,000 point mark as the Bulls beat the Bobcats, 73-66, to move to 8-0 in conference play.

5. Medaille men’s basketball: The Mavericks continued moving up the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings, defeating Penn State Altoona for a seventh straight conference victory. The Mavs are in third place in the league at 9-3 and play one of the two teams ahead of them, 11-1 Penn State Behrend, on Wednesday.

6. Buffalo State men’s and women’s swimming: The Bengals set four Kissinger Pool records against Brockport. The men earned their pool bests in the 400 medley (Williamsville North alum Connor Mergler and Alec Siskar, Hamburg alum Cody Wittmeyer and Kyle Callan) 200 freestyle relays (Wittmeyer, Siskar, Callan) and the 100 free (Mergler), while the women’s record came in the 400 IM (Angela McCauley).

7. Hilbert women’s basketball: The Hawks bested Medaille and defeated La Roche for the first time in 13 years this week to move to 14-5 and 12-1 in the Allegeny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Ashley Repine led the way against La Roche, scoring 24 points on 7 for 9 shooting from the field.

8. UB men’s tennis: The Bulls earned their first dual victory of the season by beating Big East foe St. John’s for the first timey. Hao Sheng Koay won in first singles, while Matt Johnson earned the first dual match victory of his collegiate career in sixth singles.

9. Buffalo State men’s hockey: Now ranked 13th in the national D3 poll and 14th in the USCHO rankings, Bengals swept a home-and-home series with Fredonia, defeating the Blue Devils, 6-5 and 4-3. Buffalo State (8-2-2 SUNYAC) will host first-place Oswego in a conference game on Friday and face Cortland on Saturday.

10. Daemen men’s basketball: It took the No. 1 team in the East Region to end Daemen’s nine-game winning streak. The Wildcats opened the week with a 68-60 win against Mercy, tying the longest Daemen winning streak since Mike McDonald took over in 2014. The Wildcats nearly set a new best against Bridgeport, ranked No. 20 nationally in Division II, but lost after cutting a 20-point halftime deficit to two in the final minute of play. The Purple Knights escaped with a 77-71 victory.

Honorable mention:

* Jamestown CC women’s basketball has been red hot in January, winning four straight to start the second semester. The Jayhawks defeated ECC and Mercyhurst North East.

* Top-ranked in the USCAA Division II rankings, Villa Maria men’s basketball demolished No. 19 Penn State Du Bois, 104-58, but lost to No. 2 Berkeley, 94-82.

* Buffalo State women’s hockey swept two games from Oswego. Rachel Lenard (Nardin) scored three goals and was named Northeast Women’s Hockey League Player of the Week. Bengals goalie Justine Silva was named NEWHL Goalie of the Week after her 10th career shutout in the finale against Oswego.

*St. Bonaventure swimming and diving teams both defeated Niagara. The women won 169-71 and the men 154-77.

*Fredonia’s Ethan Francis (Dunkirk) and Michael Salvati entered the top 10 in the Blue Devils’ indoor track record book with performances at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University.

*Niagara CCC handed Monroe CC its first conference loss of the season, 79-74.

Previous Powers 10s

Week One

College Power 10: Streak of clean sheets lifts Canisius men's soccer to top spot; Daemen triathlete second

Week Two

College Power 10: Last-minute TD shoots Buff State's Hoppy up list; Canisius men's soccer still tops

Week Three

College Power 10: UB basketball tops after landing commitment from Rochester's Jeenathan Williams

Week Four

College Power 10: UB's Drew Anderson tops the list after 597-yard, seven-TD performance

Week Five

College Power 10: Bengals men's soccer moves into NCAA Top 25

Week Six

College Power 10: Buffalo State men's soccer, JCC women's volleyball continue streaks

Week Seven

College Power 10: Jamestown CC volleyball, Kutsko still perfect this season

Week Eight

College Power 10: Medaille men's soccer tops after dramatic AMCC title win

Week Nine

College Power 10: Niagara men's basketball earns top spot with upset; UB's Tyree Jackson second

Week 10

College Power 10: Reese tops after recording first Canisius triple-double

Week 11

College Power 10: St. Bonaventure upsets Maryland, Bulls earn bowl eligibility

Week 12

College Power 10: Brockport football heads to final four, Niagara hockey sweeps Air Force

Week 13

College Power 10: Canisius men's hockey sweeps ranked Niagara

Week 14

College Power 10: Dillard records first double-double, ECC defeats NCCC

Week 15

College Power 10: Bonnies upset Syracuse, UB women defeat St. John's

Week 16

College Power 10: Adams and Mobley combine for 60 against UMass

Week 17

College Power 10: Niagara's Rampado scores career-high 41 points

Week 18

College Power 10: Brockport's Mangone named Coach of the Year; Daemen enters regional rankings

Week 19

College Power 10: Canisius and UB both defeat conference favorites

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