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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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There was no shortage of fun in Buffalo sports during 2019 sprinkled, of course, with the requisite disappointment we've all become used to. But the biggest takeaway from the year might be what it could give us for 2020. The Bills and Sabres have both raised the hopes of fans to the point where the flip of the calendar could bring a rarity – postseason play for both tea…

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Another Big 4 men’s basketball game is slated for Saturday as the University at Buffalo hosts Niagara at Alumni Arena for a 2 p.m. tipoff. The Bulls and Purple Eagles haven’t played each other since Nov. 29, 2017, a 106-87 UB triumph. Buffalo (7-4) downed Canisius, 82-73, on Wednesday while Niagara (2-7) fell to St. Bonaventure, 87-70. Davonta Jordan set a personal b…

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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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A late rally with minutes to spare lifted UB over Towson University, 76-73, in the semifinal round of the Charleston Classic consolation bracket Friday night in Charleston, S.C. Josh Mballa tipped in the go-ahead basket with 1:02 to play, and the Bulls got insurance baskets from Jayvon Graves and Ronaldo Segu. It was enough to close out the Tigers. Graves led the tea…

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Dyaisha Fair continued her scoring tear by racking up 25 points as the UB women’s basketball team downed Columbia, 82-72, on Friday at UB’s Alumni Arena. Fair, a freshman from Rochester, recorded 24, 31 and 24 points in the Bulls’ first three games. She added five rebounds and five assists in Friday’s win. Hanna Hall had 16 points while Theresa Onwuka had 14. Keowa W…

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team will have one more piece to work with on its roster this season. Josh Mballa, a transfer from Texas Tech, will be eligible to play for the Bulls this season, a UB athletic department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Mballa received a waiver from the NCAA that grants him eligibility for this season. Mballa is a 6-foot-8…

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Former University at Buffalo guard CJ Massinburg has signed with the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced. Massinburg becomes the first UB player to sign with an NBA team and join a training camp since Mitchell Watt signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2014. He played for the Brooklyn Nets in July in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 4.8 points in limited action i…

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As the University at Buffalo's interim men’s basketball coach and as a candidate for the opening vacated by Nate Oats, Jim Whitesell knew he needed a plan. Even before he was named UB's coach April 6, Whitesell understood recruiting would be a significant challenge. In his 10-day tenure as UB’s interim head basketball coach, he had already started assembling a list of p…

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LaQuill Hardnett entered the NCAA’s transfer portal two weeks ago, and he estimates that he communicated with University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell nearly every day that he weighed joining a new program. The constant communication paid off. Hardnett announced Tuesday night on his Instagram account that he will transfer to UB after a season at Cincin…

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Former University at Buffalo guard CJ Massinburg posted Friday night on his personal Instagram page that he will join the Brooklyn Nets as an undrafted free agent. Massinburg was honored as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in March after he led the Bulls with 18.2 points per game. He was named to the All-MAC first team after his junior season. He finish…

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Former University at Buffalo forward Nick Perkins will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as an undrafted free agent and will play for their Summer League team, according to a post Friday on the Bulls' official Twitter account. Perkins was named the Mid-American Conference Sixth Man Player of the Year for the third season in a row after he averaged 14.7 points and a team-…

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Texas Tech forward Josh Mballa has verbally committed to the University at Buffalo, the school announced Friday. The 6-8 Mballa will need to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining. His transfer was first reported by Evan Daniels of  247Sports. Mballa appeared in 17 games last season, including Tech's v…

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David Skogman, a 6-10 center with range to the three-point line, committed to the University at Buffalo men's basketball program Thursday night. He announced his decision on Twitter. Skogman, from Waukesha West High in Wisconsin, recently visited the UB campus. He averaged 18.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game as a senior. Skogman had 20 offers, but …

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Shooting guard Nana Akenten, a transfer from Nebraska, is planning to visit the University at Buffalo on Monday, according to Prep Hoops Illinois. Akenten, a 6-foot-6-inch guard, averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds and 12.9 minutes per game in 28 games this season. He was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules in early March and did not play the final six game…