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John Beilein has always been thankful for Canisius College, even though it took the folks under the Golden Dome five years to come around and give him the job as their men's basketball coach. In 1987, Beilein was a candidate to replace Nick Macarchuk at age 34 but the school went with Marty Marbach and it was a reasonable choice. Marbach was two years removed from winni…

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A sportswriter once called him the "Blond Viking" after a night when he obliterated rival Niagara with a 32-point performance before a sellout crowd at Memorial Auditorium. Andy Anderson, along with John Morrison, formed what many believe to be the best guard combination in Canisius College basketball history. They each scored more than 1,000 career points in an era …

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By Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press DES MOINES, Iowa — John Beilein came to Michigan in 2007 just hoping to get the school's name called on Selection Sunday. Nearly 12 years later, he's blitzed by that goal — and just about everything else. No. 2 Michigan got 19 points from Jordan Poole and clamped down on No. 10 Florida for a 64-49 win Saturday at Wells Fargo…

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Dominic Robb gave Niagara the lead with a jumper in the paint with 18 seconds to play. He helped secure the victory with a pair of free throws with 5 seconds remaining. And the senior wasn’t finished. Robb, who scored a team-high 20 points, capped his performance by swatting Malik Johnson’s 3-point attempt at the other end to set the school record with 221 career …

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Isaiah Reese hasn’t sniffed the court since an indefinite suspension for conduct detrimental to the team on Feb. 1, and it’s unclear whether the star guard will rejoin his Canisius teammates at any point during the final stretch of the regular season or the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. But the Golden Griffs are making a late push without him. Canisi…

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Niagara and Canisius remain scheduled to play Wednesday night at 7 at the Gallagher Center in Lewiston. School officials said Wednesday in a news release that there will be multiple shuttles running on a continuous loop from Dwyer Arena to Gallagher and complimentary parking in the Castellani Lot until capacity. School officials are urging fans to arrive early and le…

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Canisius refused to wilt against one of the hottest teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Not this time. Takal Molson scored a game-high 18 points and the Golden Griffins maintained a double-digit lead for much of the second half to close out a decisive 80-66 victory against Monmouth on Thursday at the Koessler Athletic Center, snapping the Hawks’ four-gam…

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The Dec. 29 game between No. 14 University at Buffalo and Canisius College at the Koessler Athletic Center is sold out, the Canisius ticket office said Wednesday. According to Canisius, 10 days before the event is the earliest a home men's basketball has sold out the venue since building renovations prior before the 2002-03 season. Canisius has not hosted a ranked op…

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ALLEGANY — St. Bonaventure senior forward Courtney Stockard, named to the preseason all-conference team, called his return from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery "a big burden off my shoulders." His presence helped take some of the weight off the Bonnies, as well. Stockard scored a game-high 19 points in his season debut, helping St. Bonaventure snap a four-game lo…

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Canisius will become the fourth Big 4 team in the last 15 years to face the defending national champion when it opens play in the AdvoCare Invitational against Villanova on Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Game time is 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Golden Griffins were involved in one of those previous meetings – an 87-70 loss at Syracuse on Dec. 30, 2003. Earlier that seas…

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When Steve Watson first walked into his new office at Loyola University Chicago, where the Western New York native was hired as the director of athletics in 2014, he couldn’t help but notice an envelope on his desk. Inside, he found a single sheet of paper. Typed. “It was one page,” Watson said recently, recalling his first assist from Sister Jean. “She’s very meticu…

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The preseason choices for Big 4 players of the year in men's and women's basketball belong to the University at Buffalo. CJ Massinburg was selected among the men in a vote of media members and the athletic communications staffs at the four schools. Cierra Dillard was chosen as the women's player of the year. Massinburg, a unanimous first team choice, led UB with 17 p…

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Canisius will play five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last March during its nonconference schedule, the school announced Monday. Among them is national champion Villanova in a Thanksgiving Day matchup previously unveiled as part of the Advocare Invitational in Orlando on Nov. 22-25. The Griffins open the season Nov. 14 at Patriot League champion Bucknell…

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Willie Lightfoot and Roddy Gayle haven’t even started high school, but they already have scholarship offers from mid-major college basketball programs that want them to play for them in four years. The practice of making nonbinding scholarship offers to eighth-graders has been going on for decades, but the type of schools doing the offering has changed as the recruiting…

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Canisius freshman guard Takal Molson has withdrawn his name from consideration for the NBA Draft, the school confirmed. Molson was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after averaging 12.6 points, 5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. His scoring average was third on the team and second among freshmen in the MAAC. He scored 417 points, the most…