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St. Bonaventure's men's basketball team will wear throwback uniforms honoring the Final Four team from 1970 for Saturday's game against Canisius in KeyBank Center. The uniforms were worn during the late 1960s and early 1970s. St. Bonaventure said it partnered with Adidas to re-create the look of the Final Four team with brown, white and gold. Saturday's game is th…

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Freshman Dyaisha Fair scored 31 points and senior Teresa Onwuka added 24 on Saturday to lead the University at Buffalo to an 81-69 women’s basketball victory over Niagara at the Gallagher Center in Lewiston. The Bulls led virtually all the way in gaining their second consecutive victory. Fair, from Edison Tech in Rochester, has 55 points in her first two collegiate game…

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Dominic Robb doesn’t remember his first victim, the first player whose shot he rejected, the unsuspecting grade school kid whose prayer he swatted back to Earth. That was a long time ago. And the 6-foot-8, 215-pound Niagara University senior forward, with his 7-foot-1 wingspan, has left a trail of altered field goals and bruised egos that stretches years. “It has …

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Buffalo coach Nate Oats said he wasn’t shocked when Big 4 and crosstown rival Canisius roared to an early 10-point lead against the No. 21-ranked Bulls, who settled down and secured an 87-72 victory on Saturday night at the sold-out Koessler Athletic Center. “They didn’t catch me by surprise,” Oats said. “I kept telling the guys, ‘Literally, this is their Super Bowl.’ L…

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Buffalo needed only about seven minutes to turn an early double-digit deficit into a double-digit lead, storming back to defeat crosstown rival Canisius, 87-72, on Saturday night in its final nonconference game at the sold-out Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius owned a 23-13 advantage before the No. 21-ranked Bulls erupted with 11 minutes remaining in the first half, sc…

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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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Before the season the Big 4 men’s basketball coaches were asked whether the NCAA Tournament should be expanded. The majority responded in the affirmative – and they could have an opportunity to get their wish. Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Atlantic Coast Conference will propose expanding the tournament field from 68 to 72 teams via “the idea of having tw…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. University at Buffalo men’s and women’s basketball: UB became the second collegge and first since Georgia in 1983 to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams earn their first NCAA Tournament win in the same year. The men’s season came to an end in the Round of 32 …

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Canisius men’s basketball kicks off Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament play tonight in Albany when it faces seventh-seeded Quinnipiac in the quarterfinals at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Quinnipiac is coming off a quick turnaround after defeating Siena, 67-58, in a first-round matchup Thursday night. Canisius earned a bye to the quarterfinal round by finishing in a t…

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Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon knows running a college basketball team is as much a mental battle as it is a tactical one. His team beat the Fairfield Stags Monday night at the Koessler Athletic Center by a lopsided final score, 81-63. It wasn't always that distant though, as the teams played a back-and-forth first 20 minutes and entered the halftime break tied at 43…

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Canisius men's basketball moved back into a tie with Rider at the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings, defeating Fairfield, 81-63, at the Koessler Athletic Center on Monday. The Golden Griffins (18-9, 12-2 MAAC) have won five straight and 14 of their last 15 games en route to their best conference start in program history. The Griffs used a 21-4 run …

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After Canisius overcame a sluggish start to beat Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon, 71-64, coach Reggie Witherspoon was asked for some perspective on his Griffs making history, reaching their best-ever record in MAAC play – 11-2 – despite limited expectations for this season, which included being picked ninth in the league’s preseason coaches poll. Witherspoon’s brain qu…

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All four Big 4 men’s basketball teams are in action Saturday, three at home and one on the road. Jaylen Adams looks to score 40 or more points for a third straight game when the Bonnies host Richmond (9-14, 7-4 Atlantic 10) at 4 p.m. St. Bonaventure (17-6, 7-4 A-10) has bounced back from a rocky start in A-10 play, winning five straight. The Bonnies and Spiders are t…

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If you haven't seen Jermaine Crumpton in a year, you'd barely recognize him. Canisius men's basketball's star forward trimmed down by 30 pounds in the offseason, a stark change in such a short time span. With the muscle needed to play big man minutes at the Division I level, it's about as much as he could lose. "A lot of people around me are asking me, 'How did I do …

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. St. Bonaventure men's basketball: Jaylen Adams scored 23 points and played the entire game as the Bonnies defeated Syracuse, 60-57, in overtime. It was St. Bonaventure's first victory against the Orange since 1981 and its first-ever  over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Th…