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Fri, Jan 17, 2014

Canisius finally had a successful road trip to New Rochelle on Friday night. No one can say the Golden Griffins did it the easy way.Billy Baron hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to lift Canisius to an 85-83 basketball win at Iona in the Hynes Athletic Center. The Gaels had won the last six times that the Golden Griffins came there as the visitor.Canisius had a 50-39…

Taking 43 shots is usually a formula for winning a college hockey game, but it didn’t work for Niagara on Friday night.The Purple Eagles dropped a 4-2 decision to Holy Cross at Dwyer Arena. Matt Ginn of the Crusaders turned out to be the difference, as he made 41 saves. Holy Cross had 27 shots on goal for the night. “The guy stole two points for Holy Cross. We threw 20 sho…

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Bentley was on a hot streak. The Falcons had been undefeated in six games headed into their game against the famed Boston University program. Branden Komm recorded 42 saves and didn’t give up a goal until there was just five minutes left in regulation, leading his team to a 4-1 win on Dec. 14.Any time a school from Atlantic Hockey beats one of the storied programs of Hocke…

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Spirits were high around the UB locker room Thursday afternoon. Neither the heartbreaking at-the-buzzer loss at Toledo nor the tedious bus trip home through whiteouts seems to have enervated or demoralized the Bulls.Junior forward Xavier Ford, a starter the last two games, went so far as to call the Toledo game “a statement loss,” similar to the overtime setback suffered a…

By James F. Burns / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

and

Special to The News

Thu, Jan 16, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Niagara ended a four-game losing streak by defeating Fairfield, 67-63, on Thursday at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.Ramone Snowden, who scored the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds remaining, led the Purple Eagles with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4 of 4 from long distance. He also had six rebounds for Niagara (5-13, 2-5 Metro Atlantic …

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It was the mid-1990s and King Rice watched as Bobby Hurley desperately tried to cling to his waning NBA career. Where others saw a once promising player in decline, Rice saw a coach in waiting, a North Carolina guy admiring the Duke star from afar.“I always wished he would have been a basketball coach, just because what he brings to the game,” said Rice, the former North C…

By Barbara O'Brien / NEWS STAFF REPORTER

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By Tim O'Shei / News Staff Reporter

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Wed, Jan 15, 2014

On paper, the University at Buffalo seemed to have drawn a tough road assignment against a Toledo team whose only losses came against No. 16 Kansas and at Western Michigan.Paper scouting report aside, the outcome proved to be much more difficult for the Bulls to swallow Wednesday night at Savage Arena.Julius Brown prevented UB from extending two winning streaks as his buzz…

By Barbara O'Brien / NEWS STAFF REPORTER

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By Tim O'Shei / News Staff Reporter

and Lisa KhouryNews Staff Reporter and News Staff Reporters
Tue, Jan 14, 2014

Both the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure men’s basketball teams face difficult challenges on the road tonight.Off to a 2-0 start in the Mid-American Conference after two home wins, the UB men take on perhaps their most difficult opponent since the opener at Texas A&M tonight at Toledo (7 p.m., Radio 1270).Meanwhile, Bona (11-5, 1-1 Atlantic 10) will be taking on …

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Buddy Morris once told an ESPN writer he didn’t care for the title of strength and conditioning coach. He’d prefer to be known as someone who oversees physical preparation.“What we do encompasses more than conditioning and strength,” he said.No matter what his title, Morris is eager to get back on the football field and work with young athletes. After three years away from…

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Championships aren’t won in January but insights are gleaned. And this shapes up as a significant week in measuring where Big 4 teams stand as we contemplate March possibilities.UB (8-4, 2-0) takes its share of the Mid-American Conference East lead and a four-game winning streak to 13-2 Toledo Wednesday night then returns home Saturday afternoon to face Kent State (10-5, 1…

collegesSunday’s resultsMEN’S HOCKEYSacred Heart 3, Canisius 2 C (8-11-1): Ryan Bohrer gWRESTLING Pittsburgh DualsNorth Carolina 26, UB 12UB 38, Seton Hall 0Pittsburgh 40, UB 6Duke 19, UB 6 UB (2-9, 0-3): Wally Maziarz (157) 3-1 for the tournament.For informationUB: www.ubbulls.comCanisius: www.gogriffs.comNiagara: www.purpleeagles.comBona: www.gobonnies.com

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King Rice knew all about Zach Lewis’ shooting ability. The Monmouth coach circled No. 1 on the board in the locker room, and even noted that more than half of his attempts came from long range.Also atop Rice’s things to remember was to restrain Billy Baron – always a good place to start – and if someone like Lewis catches a rhythm, so be it. In the end, another opponent’s …

LEWISTON — If college basketball did away with the scoreboard and went to an electoral college format, Niagara would have been declared the winner over Rider on Sunday afternoon. Since the scoreboard remains in vogue, the Purple Eagles’ losing streak reached four games and defense was once again the culprit.Niagara did much well Sunday in its 90-78 Metro Atlantic Athletic …

It was an opportunity lost.After a dramatic win on Saturday, the Canisius Golden Griffins came out with jump, aggression and poise on Sunday, taking a two-goal lead just three minutes into the game.But the Griffs failed to keep the momentum, found themselves in the penalty box too often and saw their early lead turn into a 3-2 loss to Sacred Heart in front of 404 at Buffal…

The Canisius women’s basketball team bounced back from a road loss with its bets shooting performance of the season in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory Sunday afternoon at Rider. Meanwhile, Niagara suffered a big loss on the road and the University at Buffalo fell to one of the Mid-American Conference’s top teams.All 10 Canisius players scored and played at le…