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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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LEWISTON — Marc Rybczyk’s back was killing him. But he just figured he was getting older. Maybe he worked out too much and tweaked something. An assistant men’s basketball coach at Niagara University, Rybczyk isn’t a guy who often goes to the doctor. He was trying to fight through the discomfort. Team athletic trainers suggested certain exercises, but the pain onl…

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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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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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St. Bonaventure men's basketball rounded out its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, adding road contests against Niagara, Vermont and Northeastern to the 2018-19 slate. The matchup with the Purple Eagles, set for Nov. 12, will be the 159th meeting in the all-time series and the Bonnies' first trip to the Gallagher Center since 2013. Niagara upset its Big 4 rival last s…

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Earning your first NBA workout is nerve-racking enough. Having to also perform in front of Magic Johnson, one of the best players in NBA, takes it to another level. Former Niagara basketball star Kahlil Dukes said he took it in style. "Magic is somebody that I've always looked up to, watched highlights of him, documentaries of him," Dukes said. "The impact that he's …

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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. The MAAC Players of the Year: Western New York swept the men's and women's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Players of the Year. Niagara's Kahlil Dukes and Canisius' Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) were named co-Players of the Year on the men's side, while Niagara's …

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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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Niagara men's basketball's calling card is its offense, and for good reason. The Purple Eagles are ranked first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring, averaging 83.1 points per game. Matt Scott and Kahlil Dukes get the spotlight, as both are averaging over 20 points a game and in the top three in the league in scoring. The offense is certainly king, bu…

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Niagara University guard Kahlil Dukes left the University of Southern California at the end of the 2015 season looking for a better opportunity. He originally committed to Kevin O'Neill, but O'Neill and his entire staff had been relieved before he made it to campus. Dukes played minimally in his two seasons with current USC coach Andy Enfield, averaging 6.8 minutes per …

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Niagara University men's basketball won a nailbiter, needing Saint Peter's guard Davauhnte Turner to miss a 3-point shot in the final seconds to beat the Peacocks, 73-70. Niagara has won four straight and moves to 4-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. Saint Peter's had a chance to tie or take a lead with the shot clock off and 29.1 seconds remaining in regu…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Victoria Rampado: The Niagara women's basketball forward was incredibly efficient in a 73-68 victory against Siena Sunday, hitting 17 of 23 from the field for a career-high 41 points. Her point total is the second largest single-game output in Purple Eagles program histo…

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Niagara men’s basketball couldn’t slow down Iona’s parade to the free throw line in overtime, falling 98-93 to the Gaels in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Opener. Iona scored its final ten points of the game from the charity stripe. Eleven of the Gaels 20 overtime points came from the line. Marvin Prochet scored the final three points of regulation, including…

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Niagara's Matt Scott has made a clear statement with his performance in non-conference play -- he's one of the more productive scorers in the NCAA. Scott is fifth in Division I basketball in points per game (23.9) entering the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule. He's been tremendously consistent, scoring 20 or more points in 11 straight games and scoring in dou…