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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team keeps moving up. The Bulls are a program-best No. 14 in the latest Associated Press rankings, released Monday. UB moved three spots from No. 17 a week ago. UB has 664 votes after earning 515 last week. The Bulls are 169  points behind No. 13 Virginia Tech and 43 points ahead of No. 15 Ohio State UB is 9-0 and one of …

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ALLEGANY – If the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team wants to make some noise in its Atlantic 10 conference schedule, it has to make the most of what's left in its nonconference schedule. The schedule isn't easy for the Bonnies, as its final three nonconference games includes two against NCAA Tournament-caliber opponents in Vermont and Syracuse. Bona (4-6) got its…

James Towns scored a season-high 23 points, including the game-winning basket for Niagara, in a 71-67 win over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon before 832 at the Gallagher Center. Towns’ layup and free throw with 5 seconds left was the ninth lead change in the contest. The play put Niagara (4-4) in front, 69-68. Two free throws by Keleaf Tate closed out the scoring for t…

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James Towns had a season-high 23 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 21 seconds left, and Marvin Prochet scored 15 points in his return from injury, as Niagara downed New Hampshire, 71-67, Sunday at Gallagher Center. Towns also had six rebounds and six assists and was 9-for-13 from the field. New Hampshire (2-8) had rallied from a 10-point deficit to…

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The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team and its raucous student section were eager to face Buffalo. The Bonnies and their fans, however, were probably a little too eager for that meeting with the Bulls. Three days after the student section at St. Bonaventure sang the serenade of “We want UB,” at the end of a rout of Siena, the No. 17 Bulls gave the Bonnies too much…

Niagara was unable to complete a weekend hockey sweep of Colgate Saturday night at Dwyer Arena and saw its four-game home unbeaten string ended, 2-0. Bobby McMann scored on the power play just 36 seconds into the second period to put the Red Raiders in front. Jeff Stewart made it 2-0 at 15:06 of the third. The Purple Eagles were outshot 41-17. Niagara (8-9-1) had won th…

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ALLEGANY — The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team and its raucous student section were eager to face Buffalo. The Bonnies and their fans, however, were probably a little too eager for that meeting with the Bulls. Three days after the student section at St. Bonaventure sang the serenade of “We want UB,” at the end of a rout of Siena, the No. 17 Bulls gave the Bonni…

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Tipoff: 4 p.m., Reilly Center. TV: ESPN+ Radio: ESPN 1520; WPIG 95.7 FM (Olean). Records: St. Bonaventure 4-5; UB 8-0. Last time out: On Wednesday, senior Nelson Kaputo recorded a career-high 21 points and Courtney Stockard added 17 points and nine boards in his first start since returning from knee surgery as St. Bonaventure cruised past Siena, 82-40, to win t…

Niagara remained undefeated at the Dwyer Arena Friday with a 4-2 victory over Colgate. Four different Purple Eagles scored, and goaltender Brian Wilson made 37 saves for the win. The game got out to a slow start before sophomore Justin Kendall found the back of the net just before the end of the first period. Colgate (3-9-2 ECAC) would strike back after the break to take…

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The piece of art that put Ziarra Griffin on national television was drawn on a whim in the back seat of her mother's SUV. It happened a few weeks ago on a quiet Monday afternoon, just after the 11-year-old climbed off a First Student school bus stopped on Blaine Avenue in Buffalo. Ziarra is a sixth grader at Houghton Academy, a city school. She and her brother Zayden, 8…

With Courtney Stockard back, St. Bonaventure seems to be gathering steam going into Saturday afternoon's showdown with the undefeated and nationally ranked University at Buffalo team. In his third game since returning from knee surgery rehab, Stockard scored 17 points and took down nine rebounds in 29 minutes in the Bonnies' 82-40 rout of Franciscan rival Siena at the R…

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University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Nate Oats and Le Moyne coach Patrick Beilein go back a few years. Not as far back as 1996, when Beilein’s father, John, led the Canisius men’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament. But Oats was an accomplished high school coach at Romulus High School in southeast Michigan about 10 years ago, around the same time Beilein …

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Patrick Beilein's most immediate memories of Buffalo don’t revolve around basketball. They center around the Bills and the Sabres, two teams that Beilein continues to follow, more than 20 years after he left the city to follow his father’s path as a college basketball coach. His memories also center around the backyard ice rink he and his family built in the winter, whe…

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St. Bonaventure will be home against Franciscan Cup rival Siena and Robert Morris will play at Canisius Wednesday night in men's nonconference basketball games involving Western New York Big 4 teams. The Niagara women will be home against Binghamton while the Bona women will play at Akron. After going 2-5 to open the season without Courtney Stockard, Bona got the sen…