All four Big 4 men’s basketball teams are in action Saturday, three at home and one on the road.
Jaylen Adams looks to score 40 or more points for a third straight game when the Bonnies host Richmond (9-14, 7-4 Atlantic 10) at 4 p.m. St. Bonaventure (17-6, 7-4 A-10) has bounced back from a rocky start in A-10 play, winning five straight.
The Bonnies and Spiders are tied for third place in the conference, trailing Rhode Island and Davidson. Richmond is one of the biggest surprises of the A-10 season, turning things around after going 2-10 in non-conference play.
Canisius, which currently sits a half game back of Rider for the top spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, hosts Quinnipiac at 2 p.m.
The Golden Griffins (16-9, 10-2 MAAC) have already matched last year’s total for conference wins.
Niagara is in third in the MAAC, just below the Griffs. The Purple Eagles host Fairfield (10-13, 5-7 MAAC) at 3 p.m.
The Purps are coming off a strong shooting performance, as they hit 56 percent from the field in a 95-76 home victory against Quinnipiac on Thursday.
The University at Buffalo (18-6, 10-1 Mid-American Conference) is the one team away from the area, as the Bulls are in DeKalb, Ill. to face Northern Illinois (10-14, 3-8 MAC) at 4:30 p.m.
The Bulls defeated the Huskies in the teams’ previous matchup, a 95-67 victory at Alumni Arena on Jan. 16. Northern Illinois is led by the MAC’s top scorer, Eugene German. He’s averaging 19.7 points per game.
Quinnipiac 64, Canisius 39: The Golden Griffins couldn’t hang with the top team in the MAAC Friday, falling 64-39 on the road to Quinnipiac.
Canisius limited the Bobcats’ scoring in the first quarter, keeping within one point after the first ten minutes. Quinnipiac pulled away the rest of the game, pushing it to blowout status with a 21-10 run in the fourth quarter.
The Golden Griffins fell to 6-7 in conference and 8-16 overall. The Bobcats (20-5, 14-0 MAAC) have won 24 straight MAAC games.
Daneille Sanderlin led Canisius with 12 points.
UB women’s basketball, fresh off an 80-42 win against Kent State, is shooting for a third straight win when it faces Miami (Ohio) on the road at 1 p.m. The Bulls (18-4, 9-2 MAC) received votes in the USA Top 25 Coaches Poll for a third straight week for the first time under coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
Niagara women’s basketball is also away from home, facing Monmouth at 3 p.m. The Purple Eagles (9-15, 6-7 MAAC) are coming off a 82-64 loss to Manhattan on Thursday.
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