The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.
1. Jaylen Adams: The star point guard etched his name into St. Bonaventure men's basketball lore, hitting a school record 10 three-point shots en route to a second straight game of 40 or more points against Saint Louis at the Reilly Center. By scoring 40 against Duquesne and 44 against Saint Louis, Adams joined Bob Lanier and Tom Stith as the only players in Bona history with back-to-back 40-point games.
Adams followed the 40-point performances by tying for the team lead in scoring, 24 points, in St. Bonaventure's 97-88 victory against Richmond. The Bonnies have won six straight games to move to 8-4 in Atlantic 10 play.
2. Canisius men's basketball: The Golden Griffins won home games against Siena and Quinnipiac, to assure themselves a first-round bye in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament next month. It's the first time the Griffs have accomplished that with a top five finish since the 2013-14 season.
3. University at Buffalo women's basketball: The Bulls own a 19-4 record and 10-2 in the Mid-American Conference, best in the history of UB women's basketball with a 64-49 victory against Miami (Ohio). Stephanie Reid had 16 points and Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bulls stretched their winning streak to three games.
4. Niagara men's basketball: The Purple Eagles are keeping close proximity to their Battle of the Bridge rival, Canisius. Niagara also won twice this week, defeating Quinnipiac and Fairfield, to move to 10-4 in the MAAC. Niagara's offense, tops in the league, is still humming along. The Purple Eagles have scored 90 or more in four of their last five games.
5. Buffalo State women's basketball: The Bengals earned a much-needed upset win against Cortland, the second place team in the State University of New York Athletic Conference standings. Liv LeBaron had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the 61-53 triumph that kept the Bengals in strong conference tournament contention. The Bengals are tied with Fredonia, their away opponent on Friday with the sixth and final SUNYAC playoff spot at stake.
6. Hilbert women's basketball: The Hawks moved to 15-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference with a 72-52 victory against Pitt-Greensburg on Senior Day Saturday. Emily Gawlak (Mount Mercy) grabbed 17 rebounds as Hilbert earned more room at the top of the AMCC standings. The Hawks own a two-game lead on Mount Aloysius.
7. Daemen men's basketball: The Wildcats continued their dominance in the Thruway Rivalry, downing Roberts Wesleyan, 77-70, at home. Daemen has won 14 straight over the Redhawks and sits in third place in the East Coast Conference with an 11-3 record.
8. Villa Maria's record breakers: Jay Scarbrough (Niagara Falls) snagged a Vikings-record 12 steals and scored a team-high 21 points in a 76-70 victory against Alfred State, while Shaquana Owens (Tapestry) dished out a Villa ecord 17 assists in the No. 7 women's 102-62 victory against SUNY Delhi. The Villa Maria men are ranked No. 2 in the USCAA national poll.
9. Mikayla Capestrani: The Jamestown graduate set a Fredonia State record in the women's indoor pole vault, surpassing the previous best by two inches when she cleared 11 feet and 7 3/4 inches at the Tiffin Dragon Grand Prix. She finished third in the event.
10. Canisius men's hockey: The Griffs split a two-game series with Army, winning, 4-1, and losing, 3-2, last weekend to stay at the top of the Atlantic Hockey standings. Matt Hoover scored a pair of powerplay goals in the first meeting, while Matt Long and Ian Edmondson each had a goal and an assist in the series.
* Michigan's Desmond Nicholas, a Canisius High graduate, ran a personal best 6.84 to finish second in the Kent State National Qualifier 60m final.
* The UB women's softball team earned its first victory under head coach Mike Roberts, a 5-2 win against Appalachian State in Macon, Ga.
* ECC men's basketball defeated NCCC, 99-68, on Wednesday. Four players scored in double digits for the Kats, led by Kasey Walker-Gregg.
* Canisius women's lacrosse's Jourdan Roemer had two goals and two assists in a season-opening loss to No. 9 Northwestern.
* D'Youville men's volleyball earned its first home victory of the season against Hiram .
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