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Kyle Lofton of St. Bonaventure seems to know when his team needs his scoring. Lofton, who scored only five points in Wednesday night’s rout of George Washington at home, came up big with 21 points on Saturday in an 83-80 road win against Duquesne in Moon Township, Pa., outside Pittsburgh. The Bonnies (16-8, 8-3) never trailed by more than two points against their lon…

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Chad Veltri had 16 saves in net for Niagara as the Purple Eagles blanked Mercyhurst, 3-0, Friday night at the Dwyer Ice Arena. Goals were scored by Jack Billings, Ben Sokay and Eric Cooley. Billings opened the night by finishing of a backhanded pass from Cooley. Sokay and Cooley scored their goals in the third period. Sokay fired a wrist shot over Garrett Metcalf’s l…

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Three free throws with five seconds left in regulation from Rider’s Willy Nunez Jr. doomed Canisius to a 61-60 loss Friday night in Lawrenceville, N.J. Malik Johnson paced the Golden Griffins with 17 points. He broke the 1,000-point mark in the loss, becoming the 39th player to do so in Canisius history. It was the Golden Griffins’ fourth defeat in five games. They f…

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Jim Whitesell looked at the positives. The University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach almost had to do so. His team had weathered a stretch in which it dropped three of its last four games, and had just gutted out a 65-60 win against Central Michigan on Friday at Alumni Arena. “You’ve got to be happy with winning,” Whitesell said. “The other thing is, misery loves …

The Canisius women’s basketball team fell just short to the Iona Gaels, 60-57. The Griffs were tied with Iona 53-53 with just 1:14 left. D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks drove for the layup with under a minute remaining but missed. On the offensive rebound, AJ Timbers flew in, jumped up, and came down hard onto the shoulder and neck area of Iona’s Tori Lesko. Lesko went dow…

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The University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell didn’t tinker with his starting lineup for the first 20 games of the season. But with the Bulls at a crossroads as it begins February, he made a noticeable change last week. In a 77-74 win Jan. 29 at Akron, Whitesell swapped Josh Mballa for Brock Bertram as the Bulls’ starter at forward/center. Mballa had st…

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You could call it Jaren English’s coming out party at St. Bonaventure. The sophomore junior college transfer from Detroit scored a career-high 21 points Wednesday night as the Bonnies (15-8, 7-3 A-10) blew out George Washington, 72-47, in their Atlantic 10 Conference game at the Reilly Center. English, who came to Bona after helping Ranger Community College in Texas …

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In the moments after a game at Pioneer High School more than four years ago, Dominick Welch walked out of the locker room and was swarmed by teenagers who wanted his autograph. Welch politely signed for everyone. A year later, during the spring of Welch’s senior year at Cheektowaga Central, Welch sought others through basketball. Specifically, he showed up to practices …

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The University at Buffalo football team has firmed up its incoming 2020 recruiting class. UB announced that it added three players at the start of the spring signing period Wednesday: a high school signee, a junior-college transfer and a graduate transfer from Massachusetts. "This group adds what we need to fill, through graduation and rebuilding depth at safety," UB…

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As a young child in Indiana, Maceo Jack went to his mother’s basketball games and played with his toys. When his mother would yell at players on the Indiana University women’s basketball team, Jack had a few words for her. “He’d come out of the stands and say, ‘Mom, stop yelling at those people! They’re your friends!’ ” recalled Felisha Legette-Jack, the women’s basketb…

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Trailing most of the way, once by as many as 11 points, the University at Buffalo rallied for a late lead, but lost its Mid-American Conference men’s basketball game to last-place Eastern Michigan, 66-62, on Tuesday night in Ypsilanti, Mich. The Bulls led by four points, 55-51, after a pair of free throws by Gabe Grant with 5:56 left before their poor outside shooting a…

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The University at Buffalo football team is expected to have to plug a hole on its defensive line as it prepares for the 2020 season. Defensive tackle Chibueze Onwuka confirmed Tuesday to the News that he has entered the transfer portal after three seasons at UB. 247Sports and the SEC Network first reported that Onwuka will pursue a transfer. He has one year of eligib…

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At least one high school player will sign with the University at Buffalo football team Wednesday, the start of the National Letter of Intent spring signing period in Division I college football. Michael Ford, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound offensive lineman from Flossmoor, Ill., announced his commitment Monday on social media. Recruiting website 247Sports ranks Ford as a three-s…

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An independent investigation of complaints from the women's soccer team at SUNY Buffalo State found no evidence that the head coach mishandled the physical or mental well-being of his players. Nor did he violate any NCAA rules. But the investigation did raise enough questions about the leadership style and professionalism of longtime coach Nicholas DeMarsh that the c…

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Defending the home court is said to be key to winning a conference championship in college basketball, because road games are not easily won no matter the league or the opponent. So far, coach Jim Whitesell’s University at Buffalo men’s team has had more success away from Alumni Arena in conference games (3-1) than at home (2-3). Also in their favor is that they will fa…