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Canisius erased a 22-point deficit but couldn’t finish the comeback bid as the Golden Griffins fell to Iona, 69-66, in New Rochelle. Canisius (8-11, 3-5 MAAC) got off to a slow start in the first half and made just 31.3% of its shots against the Gaels’ 46%. Jordan Henderson paced the Griffs with 20 points while Majesty Brandon had 19. Malik Johnson had five points an…

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News Staff and Wire Service Report Nick MacDonald had 11 points off the bench for Niagara but the Purple Eagles fell to Syracuse, 71-57, Saturday night in front of 18,125 at the Carrier Dome. Greg Kuakumensah and James Towns had 10 points each for the Purple Eagles (2-9), who were 22-point underdogs. Kuakumensah also had 11 rebounds for a double-double performance. …

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Greg Paulus finally returns to Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, 10 years after he was Syracuse’s starting quarterbacks as a graduate transfer, but he has basketball in mind now. The first-year Niagara men’s basketball coach never played inside during his four years as a point guard at Duke and has only crossed paths with the Orange twice as an assistant coach – with Ohio State …

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team is No. 155 in the initial NET rankings of the season released Monday. UB (6-4) is coming off a loss to Army on Saturday and hosts Canisius College (5-4) on Wednesday. The Golden Griffins are No. 244 in the rankings. St. Bonaventure University, which is 6-4 and riding a five-game winning streak, sits at No. 189. Niaga…

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The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team will open a five-game homestand Saturday when the Bulls host Army at Alumni Arena at 2 p.m. (ESPN 1520). It will be UB’s first five-game homestand since the 2008-09 season and its first game against Army since a 56-54 win over the Black Knights on Dec. 1, 2010. The Bulls (6-3) downed undefeated DePaul last Sunday, 74-69…

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Perhaps Rutgers didn’t impress with its two-point victory against Bryant in its opening men’s basketball game last week, but it certainly did against new coach Greg Paulus’ Niagara Purple Eagles on Sunday at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights (2-0) tore away to a 16-2 lead at the start and led by as many as 48 points in the second half o…

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Buffalo Bulls Arena: Alumni Arena, 175 Webster Road, Amherst (6,783 capacity) Tickets: ubbulls.com/tickets Coach: Jim Whitesell (0-0, first season; 387-301, 25th season overall) Last season’s record: 32-4, 16-2 MAC Key returnees (last season’s stats): 6-foot-2-inch Sr. G Davonta Jordan 7.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg., 3.6 apg.; 6-foot-3-inch Jr. G Jayvon Graves, 9.7 ppg., …

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Kadin "KJ" McClurg, Niagara University men's basketball lone commitment in the Class of 2020, has reopened his recruitment following the resignation of coach Patrick Beilein, he announced on Twitter on Sunday. McClurg averaged more than 21 points per game as a junior for University High in Morgantown, W.Va., which won the Class AAA state title. The 6-foot-3-inch guar…

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Greg Paulus was named interim men's basketball coach at Niagara University following the unexpected resignation of Patrick Beilein on Thursday. Here are five things to know about Paulus. 1. Niagara was Paulus' fifth stop as an assistant coach: He previously worked at Navy in 2010-2011, Ohio State from 2011-2016, Louisville in 2017-18 and George Washington last season. H…

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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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Noah Waterman, whom his high school coach describes as "truly a 6-10 guard," has committed to play basketball at Niagara University. Waterman is expected on campus to enroll and will work out with the Purple Eagles this week, Finger Lakes Christian coach John Sandlas told The Buffalo News. Waterman, from Seneca Falls, was not heavily recruited because of injuries the…

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Niagara guard Keleaf Tate has decided to transfer, he announced Friday on Twitter. Tate, a 6-2 sophomore, started 28 of 32 games and averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. The highlights of his season were hitting a desperation 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining to give Niagara a 77-74 victory over Cornell  in mid-December and scoring 17 points with 12 rebounds in the …

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Patrick Beilein, the son of former Canisius College and Erie Community College men's basketball coach John Beilein, is a potential candidate to become the head men's basketball coach at Niagara University, according to a report. Jeff Goodman of Stadium.com reported Friday on Twitter that Patrick Beilein is "in the mix" for openings at Niagara and at Mercer University in…

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Niagara University has fired men's basketball coach Chris Casey, the school announced Monday. Niagara announced Casey's dismissal four days after the Purple Eagles lost to Monmouth, 76-72, in the first round of the MAAC Tournament  in Albany. "We gave the job our best efforts," Casey told The News in a text message Monday. "I wish the university the best moving forwa…

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ALBANY — Marvin Prochet couldn’t get through his final words to the media as a member of the Niagara men’s basketball team. Before he could complete a sentence at the podium, following a 76-72 loss to Monmouth on Thursday in the MAAC Tournament, he put his head in his hand and choked back a sob. This wasn’t how Prochet wanted his senior season to end, watching his poten…