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Both Canisius’ men’s and women’s basketball teams lost Thursday night to Iona. The men’s team (10-18, 5-12 MAAC) never led against the Gaels (11-13, 9-8) during the 86-65 loss. It was fairly lopsided from the start. Iona jumped out to a 9-2 lead with just under 16 minutes remaining and never let the Griffs come any closer. With nine minutes left in the first half Iona h…

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The Niagara men’s basketball team earned one of its most significant wins in Greg Paulus’ 28-game tenure as head coach. When asked about the importance of a 63-54 win against Saint Peter’s, Paulus maintained a business-like approach to the outcome and what it meant in the big picture for the Purple Eagles. “It’s important for us to keep getting better,” Paulus said. …

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INDIANAPOLIS — The University at Buffalo does not have any players from the 2019 season at the NFL Scouting Combine. However, University of Miami receiver K.J. Osborn, who played at UB from 2015 to 2018, is among the 55 wide receivers in Indianapolis. Osborn was a second-team all-Mid-American Conference pick for Coach Lance Leipold’s Bulls in 2018 when he caught 53 pass…

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Jordan Nwora’s college basketball career at Louisville is winding to a close. The Louisville men’s basketball program announced Wednesday on Twitter that it will honor Nwora, a junior, as one of its six departing players during its Senior Day ceremonies, before the Cardinals’ regular season home finale Sunday against Virginia Tech at the KFC Yum! Center. Nwora, a Par…

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Upon Jacco Fritz’s arrival at Canisius College last summer, men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon noticed a subtle, yet distinct difference in the freshman from the Netherlands. Fritz had grown an inch, between the time he’d been a recruit in the fall of 2019 and the time he got to Buffalo. An inch might not seem like much. But in basketball, for someone who poss…

If the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team learned anything from the men, it might be this: Better to start the game with an 18-0 lead then fall behind 0-18. Coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s UB women started the game with an 18-0 run and went on to an 88-72 victory over Miami (Ohio) Wednesday night in their Mid-American Conference game in Alumni Arena. On Tuesday,…

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ALLEGANY – As the St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball team entered the final five games of the regular season, its players and coaches set a goal for themselves: Go undefeated in the final five games of the regular season. Four days after a win against Richmond, that plan is off the table. The Bonnies lost 81-77 in overtime to Duquesne on Wednesday at the Reilly…

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The University at Buffalo football team will open its Mid-American Conference schedule Sept. 26 at Bowling Green. The MAC announced home and away dates for its 2020 conference games for each of its 12 teams Wednesday. UB will play five home games and seven road games this season, including three nonconference road games at Kansas State, Ohio State and Army. The Bulls…

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Maggie McIntyre is known for her ability to converse with others. When McIntyre isn’t playing basketball, she’s majoring in communication studies at Niagara. She hosts a podcast called “Small Talk,” in which she has interviewed sports figures, including Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido and WNBA star Breanna Stewart.…

Call it February Frenzy. Basketball postseason already has begun for some Western New York college teams. The Buffalo State women stormed to a 22-10 fourth-quarter advantage and defeated Oneonta, 61-50, on Tuesday in a State University Athletic Conference quarterfinal playoff game at the Bengal Sports Arena. The visiting Red Dragons were held to 19 second-half points afte…

It was almost over before it was over. Ohio University (14-14, 6-9 MAC) made seven of its first 11 shots and jetted to a 18-0 lead and went on to an 80-69 victory over the University at Buffalo in their Mid-American Conference men’s basketball game on Tuesday night at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio., The Bulls (18-10, 9-6 MAC) struggled to get back in the game af…

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University at Buffalo guard Jayvon Graves needs three-points in Tuesday night’s game against Ohio U. in Athens, Ohio, to because the 23rd men’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points. Don’t bet against him getting it because the junior guard from Malvern, Ohio, seems to relish playing back in his home state. He’s averaged 24.5 points in four UB games in the Buck…

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Danielle Sanderlin found a way to motivate herself. In the moments before Monday’s game, the junior forward on the Canisius women’s basketball team realized she hadn’t set any personal goals for herself in recent days. “So I said, ‘okay, today, here’s my goal,’ ” Sanderlin said. “ 'I’m going to get a double-double.’ That’s what I was thinking about. I just wanted to …

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Mathematically, Canisius has no chance of winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball regular-season championship. The most it can win is nine league games and three teams above them already have won more. However, coach Reggie Witherspoon’s Golden Griffins (10-17, 5-11 MAAC) showed on Sunday afternoon that they have not given up the ship. Led by …