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Niagara scored its last nine points at the free-throw line Monday night to nail down an 80-72 victory over Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure at the Gallagher Center. It was the season opener for the Purple Eagles, who outshot Bona, 19-2 at the line, taking advantage of the 22 personals called against the visitors. Senior Marvin Prochet led Niagara with 20 points and 10 reb…

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Buffalo Bulls Arena: Alumni Arena, 175 Webster Road, Amherst (6,783 capacity). Tickets: www.ubbulls.com/tickets Coach: Nate Oats (fourth season, 64-39). Last season’s record: 27-9, 15-3 MAC. Key returnees (last season’s stats): 6-3 Sr. G CJ Massinburg 17 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 6-7 Sr. G Jeremy Harris 15.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 46.3 FG percentage in MAC; 6-8 Sr. F Nick Perkins …

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Isaiah Reese knows where and what he comes from. In fact, that sentiment is inked on his chest. “It's a tattoo that says ‘Against All Odds,’ with the city of Miami underneath,” said Reese, a junior guard on the Canisius men’s basketball team. “Nobody gave me the opportunities I should have been given, and it’s always motivated me.” C.J. Massinburg is just as enthusia…

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.  Gina Castelli says she  has two people to thank for getting her to where she is now: her cousin and Sister Maria Pares. Castelli, the current women's basketball coach at Le Moyne and a 2…

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Both Canisius and Niagara men's basketball are featured on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's flexible ESPNU schedule, which was announced by the league Thursday morning. The Griffs have three opportunities to be selected as part of the MAAC's Friday night Wildcard Games, while the Purple Eagles have two. ESPNU and the MAAC will use a flex format for four of the e…

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University at Buffalo's Dominic Johnson picked the perfect year to get back into basketball. A two-sport athlete growing up in Windsor, Ont., the then-redshirt freshman reserve quarterback opted to walk on to the basketball team last year after the end of the football season. Little did he know that he signed up to experience the best campaign in program history firstha…

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The Niagara and Canisius women's basketball teams will play twice in a two-week span, with the Purple Eagles hosting on Feb. 13 and the Golden Griffins on Feb. 27, according to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule announced on Thursday. Both teams kick off the conference slate at home on Jan. 3, with Canisius facing Manhattan and Niagara battling Marist. M…

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For University at Buffalo's Nate Oats, 2018 has been a very good year. The head coach of the school's basketball team led his squad to win their conference title after amassing the best conference start in team history. Then he took them to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years, even reaching the second round after upsetting the Arizona Wildcats. He was…

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The University at Buffalo football team has a Southeastern Conference opponent in its future. The Bulls signed an agreement to play the University of Missouri on Sept. 7, 2024, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. It will be just the second meeting between the two schools. The first was in 2008 when the Tigers defeated the Bulls, 42-21. UB Athletic Director Mark Alnut…

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Kahlil Dukes, a Niagara University alum, was invited to the 2018 NBA GLPI Invited Player Session. The session, which will take place this Sunday in Chicago, will consist of numerous NBA G League hopefuls. They will play full-court games in front of player personnel, executives, coaches and industry scouts. Last year 13 players received invites to NBA training camp af…

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The St. Bonaventure University men's basketball team will host six nonconference games this season, the team announced in a press release. The Bonnies will open their season with a home game against Bucknell Nov. 7 and will then host Jackson State three days later on Nov. 10. This is the second year in a row Jackson State will travel to St. Bonaventure, with the Bonnies…

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Guard Antwain Johnson is transferring from Middle Tennessee State to the University at Buffalo, the News confirmed. The transfer was initially reported by CBS Sports. Johnson, who is listed at 6-2 and 194 pounds, averaged 10.3 points per game last season and shot 44.2 percent from the field. He played his way into the starting lineup late in January and averaged 12.5…

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Former St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft but found a landing spot less than 24 hours later. The 2018 co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Two-way contracts, first introduced by the league last season, allow players to spend up to 45 days with the NBA franchise. Once a playe…

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Jaylen Adams hasn't stayed in one place for long this spring. The former St. Bonaventure point guard has worked out with 13 teams from coast-to-coast in preparation for Thursday night's NBA Draft at the Brooklyn-based Barclays Center  (7 p.m., ESPN). Let's run down the list: The Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Atl…