Freshman Dyaisha Fair scored 31 points and senior Teresa Onwuka added 24 on Saturday to lead the University at Buffalo to an 81-69 women’s basketball victory over Niagara at the Gallagher Center in Lewiston.
The Bulls led virtually all the way in gaining their second consecutive victory. Fair, from Edison Tech in Rochester, has 55 points in her first two collegiate games.
Niagara led only once in the game, 5-4. UB’s largest lead of the game was 16 points, 70-54, with 5:07 left after a fast-break layup by Onwuka.
Fair had 10 of her 31 points at the free-throw line. She made 9 of her 18 field goal attempts, 3 for 8 from 3-point range.
Niagara (0-2) stayed within striking range most of the way and received a strong performance from Emeraly Ekpiteta, a junior from London. She had 17 points and rebounds.
UB will plays its next Big 4 game Tuesday when Canisius visits Alumni Arena.
Canisius men lose opener
Brown ran off 20 points in a row early in the second half for a 19-point lead then spent the rest of the game fighting off a Canisius rally to hang on to a 75-68 victory in the Golden Griffins’ season opener in Providence, R.I.
After falling behind 51-32, the Griffs closed to 61-58, with 2:10 play after a pair of free throws by Jacco Fritz. However, in their attempt to catch up, the Griffs kept fouling Brown’s Brandon Anderson, and the senior from Mahway, N.J., made 10 of 11 free throws to account for 10 of the Bears’ final 14 points.
Anderson finished with 31 points, including 12 of 14 at the line. He also was 4 for 9 on his 3-point attempts.
Senior point guard Malik Johnson led the Canisius comeback, scoring 14 of his team high 24 points in the second half. Graduate transfer Corey Brown had 10 points for Canisius.
Despite’s Anderson’s late-game accuracy at the line, Canisius outscored Brown, 20-19, in free throws with Johnson making all eight of his tries. The 5-10 Johnson also led Canisius with nine rebounds.
With Canisius' loss, the four Big 4 men's programs are a combined 0-5. The next game is Monday when UB hosts Nazareth.