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UB's 2011 football schedule

The Bulls just released its football schedule with has non-league games against Pitt, Stony Brook, UConn and Tennessee. All times are TBA:

Sept. 3                  at Pittsburgh

Sept. 10                Stony Brook                                              

Sept. 17                at Ball State                                     

Sept. 24                Connecticut         

Oct. 1                    at Tennessee                                    

Oct. 8                   Ohio          

Oct. 15                 at Temple

Oct. 22                 Northern Illinois

Oct. 29                 at Miami (Ohio)

Nov. 12                at Eastern Michigan               

Nov. 19                Akron                                      

Nov. 25                Bowling Green

---Rodney McKissic


All-MAAC team announced

The All-MAAC teams were just announced and Niagara's Anthony Nelson was named to the league’s second team and Canisius Elton Frazier to the third. The Purple Eagles Marvin Jordan was honored on the all-rookie team and is a candidate for the MAAC rookie of the year award which will be announced Thursday.


Derek Needham, Fairfield
Michael Glover, Iona
Scott Machado, Iona
Justin Robinson, Rider
Ryan Rossiter, Siena


Ryan Olander, Fairfield
Anthony Nelson, Niagara
Novar Gadson, Rider
Ryan Bacon, Saint Peter’s
Wesley Jenkins, Saint Peter’s


Elton Frazier, Canisius
Yorel Hawkins, Fairfield
Shane Walker, Loyola
George Beamon, Manhattan
Mike Ringgold, Rider


Maurice Barrow, Fairfield
Justin Drummond, Loyola
Michael Alvarado, Manhattan
Marvin Jordan, Niagara
Danny Stewart, Rider

---Rodney McKissic


Balanced attack keys Erie CC to regional title

Their assistant coach was already doused in a Gatorade bath. But Erie CC players weren't done yet. As the yellow liquid spread all over the court, another pair of ECC teammates raced over to the Monroe CC bench to steal their Gatorade jug.

And just when they were about to shower their head coach Alex Nwora — and an administrator about to announce awards stopped them.

“No, no, no!” he yelled.

Good call. There’s still work left. But in defeating Monroe Community College, 75-68, Sunday at the Flickinger Center, Nwora and the Kats (26-2) earned a bid to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Monroe CC — much like Niagara County CC one day prior — was a formidable foe. ECC’s sizeable lead was sliced to 66-60 on a Quasim Pugh runner with 3:16 to go. ECC pulled ahead again. Then, with 1:38 left, a tough bucket in traffic cut the Kats’ lead to 70-64. All game, Monroe CC effectively neutralized God’s Gift Achiuwa. The Division I-bound man-child was only 3 of 13 from the field and clearly out of sync on offense.

But through it all, ECC’s supporting cast stepped up. Five-foot-8 (that’s generous) guard Brandon Emmitt single-handedly combated defensive pressure en route to 16 points and zero turnovers. Dequan Jones had 15 points, nine boards and several gut-check free throws down the stretch.

And the Kats as a whole were 22 of 30 from the line — the obvious difference from their lost to this same team just a year ago. Last season, poor free-throw shooting doomed them in a 94-88 season-ending loss to Monroe CC. Lesson learned.

“Last year, we didn’t make free throws against them and it cost us,” said ECC’s Tyshawn Edwards, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds. “We’ve been shooting 80 percent as a team this year and had to zero in today.”

Edwards (Grover Cleveland) has been the robin to Achiuwa’s batman all season. The duo combines to average 43 points per game, and regular Sportscenter-worthy dunks. On this day, though, others needed to step up. Often banished to the corner during offensive possessions — engulfed in a double-team sandwich — Achiuwa was powerless.

To do damage in the national tournament, outside contributions must continue. Edwards, sporting a "716" tattoo on his neck, repeated that the Kats' depth will be crucial.

“Coming into the game, we knew they’d double down on Gift,” said Edwards, who is getting Division I looks from Hofstra, Stony Brook and Niagara amongst others. “We had to step up as a team.”

Next up, nationals. It all begins March 16 in Danville, Ill.


---Tyler Dunne

Loyola (Md.)-Canisius game analysis

Game analysis: There won’t be a play-in game in the MAAC Tournament for Canisius this year. Thanks to the hot shooting of Greg Logins and the fiery play of Elton Frazier, the Golden Griffins defeated Loyola (Md.), 75-58, on Sunday to finish in sixth place and earn the No. 6 seed in this week’s MAAC Tournament.

How Canisius won: Logins and Frazier combined for 18 field goals – the rest of the team had nine – but the key was defense in the second half. Loyola led 32-26 at the half but the Griffs held the Greyhounds to 35 percent shooting, including just one three-point field goal in the second half.

Turning point: After a free throw by Loyola’s Dylon Cormier that trimmed Canisius’ lead to 50-47, Canisius freshman Reggie Groves made a free throw and Logins followed with a three and Frazier with a layup off a pretty pass from sophomore Alshwan Hymes. After media timeout, Logins hit another three to push the lead to 59-47. The Griffs led by 21 points with just over three minutes remaining.

Player of the game: Logins drained 8 of 10 from three-point range and finished with 26 points.

Unsung player of the game: Point guard Gaby Belardo played only 15 minutes because Canisius couldn’t afford to take out Groves, who dished out six assists and zero turnovers in 16 minutes.

Stat of the game: The Griffs hit 16 of 26 shots – 61 percent – in the second half.

He said it: “I don’t want to coach against Mr. Logins anymore.’’ – Who can blame Loyola (Md.) coach Jimmy Patsos for that quote?

What it means: Canisius matched last year’s total of 15 wins.

In the house: 1,665 at the Koessler Center.

Next up: vs. Rider at 10 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament.

---Rodney McKissic


Niagara-Manhattan game analysis

Niagara 66, Manhattan 59

How Niagara Won: The Purple Eagles came in having shot less than 65 percent from the line on the season . . . then proceeded to make 23 of 27 (85.2 percent). Manhattan ws 10 of 13.

Turning point: Jaspers were within 55-51 when Marvin Jordan took an Anthony Nelson pass and buried a three from the wing with 3:57 remaining, Manhattan would get no closer than five.

Player of the Game:  Nelson went out in style in his final games at Taps: 12 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Stat of the Game: Besides Niagara's free throw shooting? How about its 30-28 rebounding advantage. In the first meeting, a 51-49 Manhattan victory on Jan. 17, the Jaspers obliterated the Purple Eagles on the glass, 42-24.

SOTG II: This was Nelson's fourth double-digit assist game of the season. His high of 14 came against Marist on Feb. 6.

In the House: The crowd of 1,662 honored Nelson with a couple of standing ovations.

What It Means: Niagara finished the regular season 9-22, 5-13 and will play Marist in the MAAC Tournament Friday in Bridgeport, Conn.

He said it: "I don't think it was a thing of beauty but we did what we had to do. We had to win today. We had to feel good about ourselves at the end of February going into the tournament. I just told the guys, we're 5-3 (the last eight). That's not earth-shattering but it's pretty darn good. If you can do that for four months you're 20-12." -- Niagara coach Joe Mihalich.

---Bob DiCesare

Manhattan @ Niagara Live

FINAL: Niagara 66, Manhattan  59. 12 points, 11 assists for Nelson in his Gallagher farewell. He blows kisses to crowd before leaving floor. Jordan finished with 18.

Manhattan (6-23, 3-14) vs. Niagara (8-22, 4-13) . . . Result will factor into seeding for MAAC Tournament. Both teams are destined for Friday's play-in round . . . Final home game for Niagara's standout point guard Anthony Nelson, the school's career assist leader and this year's national leader in steals. He's averaged 15.4 points this year and has been the glue for one of Niagara's youngest teams in recent memory. Unfortunate his final game comes with students on break. He's the only player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 600 assists and 200 steals . . . Emotional Nelson just honored at halfcourt accompanied by his mother and two brothers.


Niagara 37-35, 17:53: Jaspers score six of first eight, forcing Niagara timeout. Beamon has four of them and 14 for game.

Niagara 46-41, 10:01: Three by Jordan widens lead.

Niagara 49-41, 9:22: Manhattan timeout after Jordan buries another three in transition.

Niagara 55-49, 5:36: Jordan leads way with 15.

Niagara 58-51, 3:11: Nelson up to 10 assists. Jordan has nailed another three and has 18 points.


Manhattan 9-8, 14:05: Niagara scored first four points, Manhattan responded with next seven, four of them by scoring leader George Beamon, a sophomore guard Nelson just picked up first assist on a dish to Kashief Edwards.

Manhattan 12-9, 11:02: Enough said.

Manhattan 16-13, 7:46:  Joe Mihalich in full voice from the Niagara bench as the Purple Eagles throw it purposelessly around the perimter: "SHOOT IT!"

Niagara 31-24: SHOOT IT! worked. Malcolm Lemmons has last four off an offensive rebound and a mid-range jumper.

HALFTIME: NIAGARA, 34-28: Marvin Jordan has nine, Nelson seven, to lead Purple Eagles. Manhattan's George Beamon tops all scorers with 10.

-- Bob DiCesare


ECC beats NCCC, advances to regional final

It wasn’t easy but Erie Community College held off a feisty Niagara County Community College bunch Saturday in the NJCAA Division II Region III semifinals.

With three of their big men playing with four fouls, the Thunderwolves gave the nationally fifth-ranked Kats a scare before falling, 83-74, at the Flickinger Center.

God’s Gift Achiuwa, ECC’s Division I recruit, finished with 24 points to surpass 1,000 in his career as Tyshawn Edwards (Grover Cleveland) added 16 points and 11 boards. For NCCC, five players scored in double-figures led by Robby Seyler’s 15.

Though ECC has dominated this series, Saturday sure had the looks and sounds of a rivalry. At one point, Seyler needed to come out of the game with a bloody head. There were four ties, 10 lead changes and game-long chatter between coaches and officials all game.

The Thunderwolves showed grit. NCCC was far more than a mere nuisance along ECC's dream season. Each time it appeared the Kats would pull away, NCCC fought back. A.J. Roberts (Niagara Catholic), Christian Barczyowski (Alden) and Charles Shellman (Lockport) all played with four fouls over the final eight minutes — not an easy proposition against the hulking 6-foot-9 Achiuwa. ECC went 24 of 30 at the foul line.

By substituting new players into the game each defensive possession, Beilein kept it close. When Roberts drilled a three with 5:47 left — to the cheers of a loud Niagara contingent — NCCC pulled to within 66-65.

Eventually, the wheels fell off. With 1:35 to go, and his team ahead by six, Achiuwa drilled a three-point dagger from the top of the key to ice the win --- just his 10th trey of the season.

Maybe it wasn't pretty, but the Kats will take it. Next up is the regional final Sunday at 1 p.m.

Check out video Beilein, Achiuwa and ECC head coach Alex Nwora below:


ECC head coach Alex Nwora


NCCC head coach Bill Beilein


ECC's God's Gift Achiuwa


---Tyler Dunne

Niagara-Loyola Game Analysis

Loyola 75, Niagara 63

How Loyola Won: Keys to victory for Greyhounds heading into this one would have been: control Anthony Nelson's scoring effectiveness and maximize their height advantage. Loyola did both, winning the boards, 46-39, and keeping Nelson to 16 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

Turning Point: Niagara was within three early in second half when Loyola struck for three straight field goals, two of them by point guard Brian Rudolph. The Purple Eagles were held an arm's length away the rest of the night.

Player of the Game: Loyola sophomore forward Erik Etherly has all the makings of a dominant MAAC force the next two seasons. He went off for a career-high 19 points, grabbed seven boards, played great defense. He's hit double figures in points for nine straight games.

Stat of the Game: Greyhounds gave Niagara no room for comfort outside the arc, resulting in a 1-for-15 performance from three-point land. The Purple Eagles went 3 for 28 from long range in the two-game season series.

Stat of the Game II: Nelson came up with all five of Niagara's steals, which should solidfy his status as the nation's leader. He came in averaging 3.3 a game. He now owns the school single-season record with 92, having eclipsed by one the standard set by Tyrone Lewis.

Reversal of Fortune: Loyola had lost nine straight to Niagara and hadn't won in the Gallagher Center since 1997.

Sole Possession: Nelson entered tie with Alvin Cruz as the school's career assist leader. He snapped the deadlock with a feed to Kashief Edwards midway through the first half and finished with five for 635.

In the House: They should have hung a "Gone South" sign in the student section. Break hit and but a handful of the end zone loonies remained. Total crowd: 1,296.

Next Up: The MAAC regular season concludes Sunday with Niagara entertaining Manhattan and Loyola moving down the road to Canisius. It's Nelson final game at Taps. How those four years flew by.

-- Bob DiCesare





Manhattan-Canisius game analysis

Game analysis: The game was pretty ugly - a combined 48 fouls were called - but Canisius managed to come away with a 73-63 victory over Manhattan.

How Canisius won:  Defense for sure. The Griffs held the Jaspers with 29 percent shooting in the second half and one three-pointer for the game.

Turning point: Robert Goldsberry missed a three-pointer with just over four minutes left and the Golden Griffins leading by eight that led to a Manhattan fastbreak. Or so they thought. Michael Alvarado nonchalantly swooped in for layup and didn’t see Julius Coles, who pinned the shot on the glass. Djibril Coulibaly gobbled up the rebound and Chris Manhertz swatted it away into the hands of Gaby Belardo, who threw an underhanded alley oop pass to Elton Frazier for a two-handed dunk. It gave the Griffs a 10-point lead at 57-47

Player of the game: Frazier, Canisius' human-highlight film, had 20 points and seven rebounds.

Stat of the game: The Griffs hit 10 of 22 three-pointers.

He said it: "I chased a guy down and got a LeBron James block." - Julius Coles on his come-from-behind pin the ball on the backboard dunk in the second half.

What it means: Canisius is now 14-14 and can match last year's total of 15 wins with a victory Sunday against Loyola (Md.)

In the house: 1,061 at the Koessler Center.

Next up: 2 p.m. Sunday at home against Loyola (Md.) on Senior Day.

---Rodney McKissic


Loyola @ Niagara Live


Loyola 45, Niagara 38, 15:22: A Dylon Cormier jumper, a Brian Rudolph steal and layup and a Rudolph jumper comprised a 6-0 burst that put the Greyhounds ahead, 45-36, before Edwards answered with a rebound dunk for Niagara. Greyhounds have hit 4 of first 7 shots in half.

Loyola 50, Niagara 44, 10:22: Wild. End to end. Not much in the way of structure. A Nelson rebound basket had Niagara within 47-44 before Shane Walker, a 6-10 junior, nailed a three from the corner as the shot clock expired. Nelson's 40-foot pass to Jordan for a fastbreak layup was sweetness.

Loyola 57, Niagara 49, 7:51: How to defend a jumper from a 6-10 forward? A pair of them by Walker extended Loyola advantage. Be interesting to see how he develops over summer. A jumper and mobility at 6-10?

Loyola 67, Niagara 59, 3:32: Gillette fouls out with 5:09 left. Ethlerly leads all scored with 19. Walker fouls out for Greyhounds with 11.

FINAL: Loyola 75, Niagara 63.


Loyola 7, Niagara 2, 15:58: Rebound dunk by Scooter Gillette three minutes in is all Niagara has mustered. Eagles are 1-8 from field. Loyola's Erik Etherly has two SportsCenter dunks, one off a baseline drive, the other off a steal.

Loyola 12, Niagara 8, 10:48: Gillette just picked up second foul. Tough break for Niagara. He came to play tonight and just scored on a vicious slam off a two-on-one break with Marvin Jordan. Loyola had lead up to 12-4 before Jordan fed Kashief Edwards for a dunk off the baseline and made a sweet bounce pass to Gillette for his jam. Erik Williams in for Gillette.

Loyola 24, Niagara 17, 7:06: Greyhounds on 10-2 run after Niagara opened 15-14 lead. ... There have been seven dunks ... Nelson set Niagara career assist record on dish to Kashief Edwards for layup with 9:35 remaining. He has 630. ... Loyola 9-20 FG, Niagara 5-18.

Loyola 30, Niagara 22, 3:45: Purple Eagles struggling to contend with Loyola's massive size advantage. Shane Walker, who goes 6-10, just hit a jumper in the lane. Brooks (6-9) and Etherly (6-7) have multiple dunks. Anthony Nelson just picked up second foul. Can Niagara risk leaving him in for final 3:45? He's staying in.

Halftime: Loyola 33, Niagara 31. Jordan three and assertive drive by Kevon Moore have Purple Eagles within a deuce.


Loyola (14-13, 9-7) vs. Niagara (8-21, 4-12) at the Gallagher Center.

Students on break. Major downer. . . . Niagara has won nine straight in series, including 59-57 win in Baltimore on Feb. 11. ... Greyhounds haven't won in Gallagher Center since 1997. . . . Loyola has 6-foot-9 soph forward Julius Brooks back for this game. He missed 12 straight games with injury before returning three games ago. That means he missed first meeting with Niagara, a game in which the Purple Eagles won the board, 35-31.

Niagara's Anthony Nelson leads nation at 3.3 steals per game and is four shy of Tyrone Lewis' single-season school record of 91.

-- Bob DiCesare


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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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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.

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