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Big 4 Basketball: UB tops Toledo, St. Bonaventure falls

UB used two big scoring runs in the first half to establish an early 24-point lead and cruised to an 83-67 victory over Toledo at the Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio, Friday night in men’s basketball.

Jayvon Graves finished with 27 points, just one point shy of his season high. He added a team-high five assists.

The Bulls (16-9, 7-5 MAC) as a team finished 34 of 70 from the floor and made 8-of-22 3-pointers.

Toledo (12-14, 4-9 MAC) was never able to get any offense going. The Rockets struggled especially from 3-point territory, making a paltry 3-of-24 attempts from beyond the arc.

UB’s biggest run of the game began four minutes into the first half. Down a point to the host Rockets, the Bulls unloaded a 17-1 run to go up 26-10 with less than ten minutes to spare in the first half.

UB scored 24 more points over the final six minutes of the first half to go up 52-28.

Toledo opened the second half on a big 17-6 run that closed the lead to 13. However, the Bulls regained control of the game and closed out their division rival.

Davidson crushes Bonnies

St. Bonaventure struggled offensively from the start of Friday night’s game with Davidson and fell, 93-64, to the Wildcats in a nationally-televised ESPN2 game at the Reilly Center.

Davidson (13-11, 7-5 A-10) was unstoppable from all parts of the court. The Wildcats made 55% of shots from the paint and 50% of 3-point attempts.

Davidson’s picked up 38 points off the bench against nine bench points for St. Bonaventure. (17-9, 9-4 A-10)

The Wildcats also beat the Bonnies on the glass, nabbing 41 rebounds against St. Bonaventure’s 25.

Kellan Grady paced Davidson with 16 points while Jon Axel Gudmunsson had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Kyle Lofton had 15 points for St. Bonaventure. Osun Osunniyi was held to 10 points and six rebounds.

St. Bonaventure had held a small lead through the early minutes of the first half.

The team fell behind by three and Davidson then built a 47-28 lead by halftime, which proved insurmountable for the Bonnies.

Canisius falls to Monmouth

Canisius couldn’t hang onto a six-point halftime lead and fell to Monmouth, 85-71, at the Koessler Athletic Center in men’s basketball.

Malik Johnson joined elite company for the Golden Griffins (9-16, 4-10 MAAC). In addition to his 18 points, he notched seven assists.

Johnson joins Frank Turner (2006-10) as the only Canisius players to record 600 or more career assists. He achieved the feat just before halftime.

Turner’s record of 616 assists is well within reach for Canisius’ star senior.

George Papas had a team-high 32 points off the bench for Monmouth (14-10, 8-5 MAAC). His 3-pointers to open the second half helped to spark the Hawks’ comeback.

Down eight, Hammond sank a big 3-pointer to bring Monmouth within five. Deion Hammond sank a trey of his own to cut the lead to two points.

Canisius got a few points back, but another 3-pointer from Papas put Monmouth behind by just one point.

A layup from Marcus McClary put the Hawks in front five minutes into the second half. Canisius would not lead again for the rest of the game.

UB looks to end losing skid

UB’s women’s basketball team will try to snap a four-game losing skid when it hosts Ball State on Saturday at 2 p.m. (1520 AM).

The Cardinals (16-7, 8-3 MAC) are second in the Mid-American Conference West Division and have won their past three games, most recently a 60-58 slugfest over Toledo on Wednesday.

Oshlynn Brown scored 30 points over that three-game stretch. She averages 12.8 points per game, which leads the team.

UB fell to 13-9 overall and 4-7 in the MAC with its loss to Western Michigan on Wednesday. It’s the team’s first four-game losing streak since the 2015-16 season.

Niagara to face Bobcats

Niagara women’s basketball will be on the road Saturday at Quinnipiac for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

The Purple Eagles (8-15, 6-8 MAAC) are coming off a 68-64 come-from-behind victory over St. Peter’s on Wednesday. Emerald Ekpiteta had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.

Quinnipiac (11-11, 8-5 MAAC) has dropped its past two games.

Niagara has never defeated Quinnipiac in women’s basketball since the Bobcats joined the MAAC in 2013, entering Saturday’s game with an 0-13 record.

Canisius on road in N.J.

The Canisius women’s basketball team is also out of town Saturday, set for a 2 p.m. game against Saint Peter’s in Jersey City, N.J.

Danielle Sanderlin has been a force for the Golden Griffins (3-19, 2-11 MAAC) over the past five games. She’s averaged 18.8 points and nine rebounds per game over that time.

The Peahens (6-16, 3-10 MAAC) have a unique talent in senior Zoe Pero. She’s apt at blocking shots, finishing with six against Niagara on Wednesday.

Pero has 24 rejections this season, the most on the Saint Peter’s roster.

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