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Maryland turns to Leach

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---Maryland is expected to try to hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, pictured above, once the school announces Ralph Friedgen's departure. But there's one catch: Friedgen hasn't agreed to retire which is an issue. Here are some more names you'll hear.

---Ball State names Elon's Pete Lembo as its next coach, Kent State names Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell, while Temple continues looking for Al Golden's replacement.

---Michigan's Rich Rodriguez says the Wolverines recruiting is steady, although several of the state's top prospects are selecting Michigan State.

---The Mountain West hopes BCS berths continue.

---Mike Price will return to UTEP next season.

---Rodney McKissic

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Ohio-St. Bonaventure game analysis

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Game analysis: This was supposed to be a good game between Ohio, the defending MAC champion, and a St. Bonaventure team still smarting from a home loss to rival Niagara, but no one could have predicted this: St. Bonaventure 112, Ohio 107 in four overtime times. Classic. Simply classic.

Why St. Bonaventure won: Andrew Nicholson. There were a few other guys like Demitrius Conger (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Michael Davenport (19 points, eight boards) but Nicholson was devastating with a career high 44 points, 12 boards in 60 minutes. He also had five assists which were also a career high.

Turning point: Ohio trailed by 10 twice in regulation and by seven with 4:11 left. But sophomore point guard D.J. Cooper tied the game at 75 with 22 seconds left to force the first overtime. It proved to be merely a fasten-your-seat-beat moment in what turned out of be a wild ride.

Co-players of the game: Nicholson has to share this with Cooper, who took stat sheet stuffing to new heights (43 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds eight steals in 55 minutes). Name any great left-handed point guard (Tiny Archibald, Kenny Anderson, Damon Stoudamire, Nick Van Exel, etc.) and Cooper played like them all.

Unsung player of the game: How about Jake Houseknecht with nine rebounds and three blocks off the bench.

Stat of the game: Cooper’s arm has to hurt after firing 41 shots. 41! Of course Ohio put up 101 which Bona coach Mark Schmidt says has to be a record.

Son of …: Ohio freshman Nick Kellogg is the son of current CBS analyst Clark Kellogg and not a bad player. He isn’t quite a stat sheet stuff yet but he’s poised and plays good defense.  

Numbers don’t lie: Ohio was whistled for 35 fouls while Bona was hit 19 times. Four Bobcat players fouled out including T.J. Hall and Reggie Keely who are reserves which leads to …

He said it: “I’ve been coaching 18 years and I know it’s very difficult to win the game when the other teams shoots 48 free throws to your 24.’’ – Ohio coach John Groce on the free throw discrepancy between the two teams.   

What it means: The Bonnies are now 6-3 heading into what should be a difficult matchup this week in Rochester against Virginia Tech.

In the house: 3,053 at the Reilly Center. See what happens when you decide to do that last minute shopping instead of going to the game?

Up next: The Bonnies take on Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

UB-Houghton Game Analysis

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How UB Won: Bulls started out like they were afraid to play poorly against an interior opponent. Houghton made 4 of its first 7 shots in building a 9-5 lead. But the height and talent difference quickly became noticeable and the Bulls dominated thereafter, finishing 29 of 53 from the field and owning the boards, 41-23.

Turning Point: Yes, there was one. Freshman Javon McCrea scored three straight field goals in a 9-0 run that put UB on top, 16-11.

Player of the Game: Zach Filzen had his second straight 21-point outing for UB, going 7 of 16 from the field including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Play of the Game: Say hello to Bulls freshman guard Corey Raley-Ross, who spiced things up with a soaring dunk off a baseline drive. He scored a career-high 16 in a career-high 23 minutes.

Stat of the Game: UB bench 34, Houghton bench 4.

Stat of the Game II: Byron Mulkey, No. 2 in the country in steals at almost 4 per game, produced 2 in 23 minutes.

In the House: Game was a late addition to UB schedule after Central Florida backed out. Admission was free with the students on break and 1,173 attended.

Next Up: Bulls will practice through Wednesday then reconvene the night after Christmas as they prep for a Dec. 30 visit by 16th-ranked BYU and All-American candidate Jimmer Fredette.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

 

 

Let's play some more

This game is so good that Bona and Ohio obviously don't want it to end. D.J. Cooper missed a runner along the baselien and Ricardo Johnson missed the follow so its on to OT No. 4. This will undoubtedly go down as one of the most memorable games ever played in the Reilly Center. This is the first four OT game in St. Bonaventure history and the longest game ever played for the Bonnies.

---Rodney McKissic

Bonnies in triple overtime

St. Bonaventure's Michael Davenport hit a three-pointer with 21 seconds left to tie the game at 97 and Ohio couldn't get a shot off as time expired so the Bobcats and Bonnies play a third OT. Andrew Nicholson has 39 points and D.J. Cooper 37.

---Rodney McKissic

Second OT for Bona

Demitrius Conger missed two free throws with 2.9 seconds left and St. Bonaventure and Ohio now go into the second OT. D.J. Cooper has 37 points and Andrew Nicholson 36.

---Rodney McKissic

Overtime for Bonnies

The St. Bonaventure-Ohio game just went into overtime tied at 75 and the Bonnies Andrew Nicholson and Ohio's D.J. Cooper are putting on a show. Nicholson has 29 points and nine rebounds while missing only two shots. Cooper has 27 points, 10 assists, seven boards and tied the game at 75-75 with 19.9 seconds left to send it into OT.

---Rodney McKissic

Niagara women fall to Albany in first meeting

LEWISTON -- Niagara women are trailing Albany, 35-22 after one half here at the Gallagher Center at Niagara University.

Albany sophomore Ebone Henry is leading all scoring with 10 points, while freshman Noelle Zletni leads Niagara with eight. That's a career-high for Zletni.

This is the first-ever meeting between Niagara (1-7) and Albany (6-3) and while the Purple Eagles are looking for their second win, they're going to have to do it without sophomore Kayla Stroman, who before injuring her MCL in the team's Dec. 9 loss to Hofstra, was averaging 12 points per game.

7:58 remaining: The Great Danes are racing away with this game, leading the Purple Eagles now, 53-29. Albany junior Cassandra Callaway is ahead of the pack in scoring with 11 points.

FINAL: Albany 63, Niagara 47. Niagara freshman Katie Gattuso and Albany's Callaway led all scoring with 13 points each. Albany's Julie Forster grabbed 14 boards and put up nine points.

Niagara's Liz Flooks, who was honored before the game for becoming the 21st member of NU's 1,000-point club, had four points and nine rebounds.

--Lauren Nicole Mariacher

More recruits on campus for UB

 

Kendall Patterson, a 6-foot-2, 272-pound defensive tackle from Hyattsville, Md., is among nine recruits making official visits to UB this weekend.

Patterson, who attends DeMatha High School, is one of the top players from the Washington, D.C. area. He’s already been offered scholarships by UB, South Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan State, North Carolina State, and Ohio among others.

Others visiting UB this weekend include Tre Burdette, a 5-11, 210-pound tailback from Monroe, Ga.; Eaton Spence, a 5-11, 170-pound cornerback from Belle Glade, Fla.; Joshua Trimble, a 6-1, 195-pound safety from Arlington, Va., Matt Weiser, a 6-4, 220-pound tight end from Robesonia, Pa.

Three players who have already given UB a verbal commitment – defensive end Joe Felicia from Marcellus, quarterback Tony Daniel from Douglasville, Ga., and outside linebacker Brandon Tammaro from Plymouth, Mich. – are also making official visits.

Patterson said the Bulls are near the top of his list.

“They are doing a great job of recruiting me,’’ Patterson said via text message on Saturday. “Coach (William) Inge has come to my home to visit with me already and they are constantly keeping in touch with me whether it’s mail, phone calls or in home visits.’’

Patterson said the only other official visit he has planned is to South Florida on Jan 21. He’s considering planning trips to either Michigan State, UCF, UCLA or Michigan next month.

“It’s going to come down to great academics, the connection with the coaches and family atmosphere,’’ Patterson said.

The Bulls received two verbal commitments last weekend in defensive tackle Wyatt Cahill Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and offensive tackle Dillon Guy from Montreal. The Bulls currently have 16 verbal commitments.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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