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Colleges: UB men can clinch MAC East crown with victory, Canisius and Niagara on the road

University at Buffalo men’s basketball can clinch an outright Mid-American Conference East Division title with a victory against Bowling Green Friday. The Bulls host the Falcons at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

UB has only won the MAC East outright once before, in 2014. A victory would also clinch a top four seed in the MAC Tournament and a bye straight to Cleveland.

The Bulls are looking to hit the 20-win mark for only the seventh time in program history.

Canisius (18-9, 12-2) at Monmouth (9-17, 5-9): Canisius, currently a half game back of Rider for the top of the Metro Atlantic Conference standings, kicks off a three-game road trip with Monmouth at 7 p.m.

The Golden Griffins have won three straight. They defeated Monmouth, 94-79, in the team’s battle at the Koessler Athletic Center on Jan. 14.

Niagara (17-10, 10-4) at Iona (16-11, 10-5): Niagara looks to remain hot on Canisius’ tail when the Purple Eagles face Iona on the road at 7 p.m. The Purps benefitted from Siena’s upset over Iona earlier in the week, as it pushed Niagara into third place in the MAAC.

The Purple Eagles have scored 90 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 2004.

Women’s basketball

Niagara (9-6, 6-8) vs. Rider (11-14, 8-6): Niagara women’s basketball, which has lost five of the last six games, hosts Rider at 7 p.m.

Purple Eagles forward Victoria Rampado has scored 20 or more points in five of her last eight games.

Canisius (8-17, 6-8) vs. Monmouth (8-17, 6-8): Canisius women’s basketball kicks off a stretch of three games in five nights when the Griffs host Monmouth at 7 p.m.

Golden Griffins forward Danielle Sanderlin was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday after averaging 11 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games last week.

Men’s hockey

Canisius (15-13-2, 15-9-0) at Air Force (15-13-4, 10-11-3): Canisius opens a two-game series at Air Force at 9:05 p.m. Friday. The Golden Griffins have a two-point lead over Holy Cross and Mercyhurst for first place in the conference.

Swimming and diving

Atlantic 10 Championship: St. Bonaventure’s Lina Kutsko set a school record in the 50-freestyle in the preliminary rounds, then broke her own record in the afternoon en route to a 50-freestyle title. The Bonnies women are fourth and the men are sixth through two days.

MAAC Championship: Canisius’ Ashlynn Gilfillan, Sage Pollack, Kelly Burns and Rebecca Anthone won the 200-free relay, while fellow Griff Tommy Kirch set the school record for the 200-IM in prelims. Niagara’s Julia Casolo broke the school record in the 50-free twice and finished fourth in the final. Canisius is ranked third in both the women’s and men’s, while Niagara’s women are sixth and men ninth.

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