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Colleges: UB, Canisius look to rebound; first-place at stake at HarborCenter

The University at Buffalo men's basketball team looks to start another winning streak, while Canisius and Niagara both hit the road Friday.

UB hosts Western Michigan (13-9, 5-4) at Alumni Arena, looking to get back into the win column after having its nine-game winning streak snapped in painful fashion Tuesday night at Kent State. (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network).

In that contest, a cold-shooting spell of more than 6 minutes led to the Bulls' doom as that enabled Kent to rally from an 18-point deficit in that 83-79 victory at the M.A.C. Center.

Jeremy Harris scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting for UB (16-6, 6-1).

The Bulls plan on honoring Nick Perkins prior to the game for becoming the 21st member of UB's 1,000 career-points club last week in a win over Ohio.

The Broncos have won two of their last three since losing to UB last month. Thomas Wilder is averaging 18.5 points per game and also leads Western Michigan with 95 assists.

Canisius begins a stretch where it plays five games in 11 days with Friday's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clash at Marist (7 p.m., Radio 1230).

Like UB, the Golden Griffins (13-9, 7-2) also look to get back into the win column after dropping last Saturday's home contest to rival Niagara, 105-89.

In the loss, Canisius set a team record for points in a half (64) with Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) matching his career high with 32 points. Niagara shot 52.5 percent from the floor in the win.

The Griffs' strength is sharing the basketball so perhaps that will help them get back in the win column. Canisius averages a conference best 17.3 assists per game, which ranks 18th in the nation.

Niagara, meanwhile, hopes February is as kind as January as it faces Saint Peter's at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.

The Purple Eagles (14-9, 7-3) posted a 7-1 mark in January, its best mark in that month since going 9-1 in January back in 2013.

Niagara is the only MAAC team with an overall winning road record (8-4) and looks to win for the eighth time in nine games. NU is 51-32 all-time against the Peacocks (8-13, 2-8) and has won four of its last six games at the Yanitelli Center.

College hockey

First-place is on the line this weekend at HarborCenter as Atlantic Hockey Association front-runners Canisius and Holy Cross open a two-game series at 7:35 p.m. Friday. The second game is at 4:35 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Griffins (13-11-2, 13-7) and Crusaders (11-10-7, 10-6-6) both have 26 points.

Niagara (11-15-2, 10-10-2) looks to end its struggles when it heads to West Point to face Army (9-11-5, 7-8-5) Friday and Saturday in another AHA clash (7:05 p.m., Radio 1340).

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