The UB women’s basketball team opened the Hawk Classic tournament with a 63-59 win over Drexel University on Saturday at the Hagan Arena at St. Joseph’s University in Philadalphia, Pa.
Freshman Dyaisha Fair led the team with 26 points, her seventh-straight game scoring at least 24.
The Rochester native was 6-of-15 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and went 10-of-13 from the foul line.
Theresa Onwuka was second on the team with 19 points. Lauren Christie led the Bulls on the glass with eight rebounds.
Leading the Dragons was sophomore Keona Walters with 16 points and eight boards.
Drexel held an early advantage before a 7-0 run by the Bulls gave them a narrow lead at the end of the first quarter.
UB opened the second quarter with a big 3-pointer from Fair, followed by four points from Onwuka.
Though they led by as many as 12 at one point, the Bulls weren’t quite able to put the Dragons away.
Drexel began a furious comeback and closed the lead to 61-59 with only 19 seconds to play. Onwuka and Hanna Hall was able to sink free throws for the Bulls and the Dragons missed a last-second 3-pointer to secure the UB win.
The Bulls (5-2) will play American University on Sunday at 12 p.m. to continue the tournament.
Canisius, Bona travel south
Canisius and St. Bonavanture’s mens basketball teams will travel to Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday for the opening round of the inaugural Boca Raton Beach Classic.
The tournament will be held at Florida Atlantic University. Canisius will compete in the Naismith Bracket and opens at 1 p.m. against Mercer.
St. Bonaventure is in the Hall of Fame bracket and will play San Diego at 9 p.m. The finals for each bracket will be held on Monday.
The Griffs defeated the Bonnies, 61-57, on Nov. 23 at the KeyBank Center. Canisius went on to soundly beat the University of Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 26, 94-64, for its third-straight win.
Three Canisius players had double-digit points in the win, including junior Majesty Brandon who had a season-high 21.
St. Bonaventure downed Mercer, 56-51, in its last game. Sophomore Osun Osunniyi had a big impact in his first game back from injury, recording a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double performance.
The Bonnies’ opponent, San Diego, is coming off of a 79-69 win over Hofstra on Nov. 27.
Eagles looking for first win
The Niagara men’s hoops team will look for its first win of the season as the Purple Eagles travel to Norfolk State University for a 4 p.m. game with the Spartans.
Niagara (0-5) is 4-0 in the all-time series against Norfolk State. They defeated the Spartans, 85-73, in the teams’ last meeting on Dec. 29, 2018.
The Purple Eagles are coming off of a 77-54 loss to Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 27. Raheem Solomon led the team with 15 points.
Norfolk State (3-5) features a tough scoring defense that has only allowed 64 points per game this season.
Jermaine Bishop is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.8 points per game this season for the Spartans.
NU women host Colgate
A tall order awaits Niagara’s women’s basketball squad as they head to Hamilton for a 2 p.m. game with Colgate University.
The Raiders are 5-2 and sit in first place in the Patriot League, though they have dropped two games in a row to Saint Louis and Northwestern.
Niagara has won the past six matchups with Colgate dating back to December 2005. The Eagles also own the all-time series, 27-13.
Senior Rachel Thompson is a player to watch for Colgate. She’s averaged 16.1 points per game this season and put up 24 at Canisius on Nov. 20.