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Fair has another big day as UB downs Columbia for fourth-straight win

Dyaisha Fair continued her scoring tear by racking up 25 points as the UB women’s basketball team downed Columbia, 82-72, on Friday at UB’s Alumni Arena.

Fair, a freshman from Rochester, recorded 24, 31 and 24 points in the Bulls’ first three games. She added five rebounds and five assists in Friday’s win.

Hanna Hall had 16 points while Theresa Onwuka had 14. Keowa Walters was one free throw shy of a double-double. She had nine points and 14 boards for UB.

The Bulls overcame an early 28-20 deficit after the first quarter. After battling a back-and-forth contest, UB took the lead for good in the third quarter.

The Bulls are now 4-0 overall while Columbia dropped to 1-3. They’ll travel to San Jose State on Thursday to play the Spartans.

Naismith Classic today

The University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure men’s basketball teams will head across the border Saturday to compete in the James Naismith Hall of Fame Classic at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

UB opens the triple-header at 2:30 p.m. against Harvard as the Bulls look for their second win in a row after posting a 109-72 victory over Nazareth on Nov. 11.

The Crimson are 2-1 overall and are on a two-game winning streak. While Harvard has only averaged 68 points per game this season, it’s allowing just 62 points.

After the UB/Harvard game, Tennessee will challenge No. 20 Washington at 5 p.m. Both teams are undefeated this season.

St. Bonaventure’s bout with Rutgers concludes the day’s action at 7:30 p.m.

The Bonnies (0-3) are still hunting for their first win of the season. They’ve failed to score 70 points in all three of their contests this season.

Rutgers on the other hand is undefeated at 3-0, including an 82-39 blowout over Big 4 member Niagara on Nov. 10.

Geo Baker leads the Scarlet Knights with 14 points per game this season.

UB men ink 3-star guard

UB men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell announced Friday that the team has signed 3-star combo guard Josiah Freeman to a national letter of intent.

Freeman was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 74 shooting guard in the country and was touted as the No. 15 player in Virginia.

He played basketball at Paul VI high school in Fairfax, Va. Freeman, who checks in at 6-foot-4, averaged 11 points per game for the Panthers.

“Josiah is an outstanding shooter that plays at one of the nation’s best high schools and in one of the top high school leagues,” said Whitesell on

“He brings a tremendous basketball IQ, great energy, and a willingness to improve each day. He will really help us spread the floor next season and we can’t wait to get him on campus.”

Freeman will join the Bulls’ roster for the 2020-21 season.

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