January 15, 2012 - 1:41 PM
Final: Bowling Green 79, Buffalo 59
3:28 left: Bowling Green leads, 73-53. We're just waiting for the final horn at this point.
7:28 left: Bowling Green leads, 61-48. The falcons look to be en route to their fourth straight MAC win.
11:52 left: Bowling Green leads, 51-38. Shooting is not pretty this half as both teams are in the 20s, but the Bulls are worse for the wear hitting just 21.4 percent (3 of 14).
15:52 left: Bowling Green leads, 43-34. The Falcons opend the half on a 7-0 run to go up, 43-30 -- the first double-digit lead of the game. The Bulls missed their first four shots of the half before Hedderson made things happen on offense.
Halftime: Bowling Green leads, 36-30. Much closer than conventional wisdom would tell you. But conventional wisdom is, well, never fun. Hedderson has 13 points for the Bulls whil Jasmine Matthews leads the Falcons with 11 points. The Bulls are shooting 44 percent (11 of 25) while Bowling Green is hitting 46.9 percent (15 of 32).
3:25 left: Bowling Green leads, 29-25. The Bulls are playing good defense, but at times are failing to secure the rebound, giving the Falcons second looks and opportunities to reset their offense. Brittany Hedderson drove the lane and was fouled. She will shoot one free throw out of the time out.
6:19 left: Bowling Green leads, 26-19. Ah, the game of runs. The Bulls went on an 8-0 run, fueled by three-pointers from Nicki Hopkins and Margeaux Gupilan to tie the game, 19-19. But Bowling Green then went on a 7-0 run of its own to regain the lead. Both teams, right now, believe they can win the game. If that remains, we could be in for a good one here in Alumni.
11:03 left: Bowling Green leads, 16-9. Turnovers are hurting the Bulls as their defense is adequate, on a few possessions even pretty darn good, but they're coughing up the ball on the other end, giving them little to show for it. The Falcons aren't quite in their groove yet, either. Not the sloppiest game I've seen this year, but lots of fumbles.
15:58 left: Bowling Green leads, 9-7. Brittany Hedderson hit two three-pointers to pace the Buffalo offense while Alexis Rogers has four points for the Falcons with some good moves inside. Back and forth and tight game to start.
If you're talking Mid-American Conference women's basketball, you're talking Bowling Green. The Falcons are one of two undefeated teams in conference play (along with Miami) and are looking to extend to a 4-0 start this afternoon against the University at Buffalo in Alumni Arena.
Bowling Green (13-3) is off to a 3-0 start in the MAC for the seventh straight season. Junior guard Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcns with 15.1 ppg while senior guard Jessica Slagle is averaging 10.1 points. Sophomore forward Alexis Rogers anchors the paint with 10.8 ppg and 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Bulls enter the game on a four-game losing skid. The Bulls are looking for their first win in the MAC and are 5-12 overall. Brittany Hedderson leads the team with 19.5 points per game -- the only Buffalo player averaging double figures.
Bowling Green has won the last 14 meetings against Buffalo and Falcons coach Curt Miller is 16-1 against the Bulls.
--- Amy Moritz
January 13, 2012 - 11:51 PM
NIAGARA 85, SAINT PETER'S 73
How Niagara Won: By getting everyone into the offense and complicating matters for a Saint Peter's team that typically plays pretty good defense. Antoine Mason got things going on the offensive end, and Scooter Gillette provided a big boost early with two blocks on the defensive end. The Peacocks struggled to match up with Niagara's scoring prowess on the perimeter.
Player of the Game: There's no picking just one out of the triumverate of Juan'ya Green (20 points), Mason (19) and Marvin Jordan (18). So we'll go with a tri-MVP. Meanwhile, Chris Prescott (22) was definitely The Man for the Peacocks.
Stat of the Game: Niagara went 20 of 25 at the foul line, 10 points better than their season average of 70 percent.
In the House: Just 962 showed up for the 9 p.m. tipoff on a cold, snowy night on Monteagle Ridge.
What It Means: Niagara's creeping closer to .500 at 7-11 overall and 2-4 in conference. And, as coach Joe Mihalich has noted, what would appear as the toughest part of the MAAC schedule is behind them.
Next Up: The Purple Eagles entertain Marist on Sunday afternoon.
-- Bob DiCesare
January 13, 2012 - 7:01 PM
Final: Canisius 67, Marist 57
12.5 seconds left Canisius 65, Marist 57: Looks like Canisius is going to get its first MAAC victory.
2:57 Canisius 65, Marist 52: The Red Foxes are trying to creep back in this in the final minutes. This is where the Griffs usually wilt. Manhertz has 13 rebounds, six on the offensive glass.
5:08 Canisius 65, Marist 48: Hymes fouled out of the game after committing an intentional foul against Chavaughn Lewis.
10:49 Canisius 57, Marist 36: Reggie Groves scored five straight points including a falling out of bounds three-pointer near press row.
15:44 Canisius 47, Marist 30:The Griffs have tied a season high with nine three pointers.
19:08 in second half Canisius 38, Marist 25: Hymes is so hot the net barely moved as he sank his last three. He now leads the game with 15 points. Marist just called a timeout because Chuck Martin wanted to know why Hymes was left wide open.
Halftime: Canisius 35, Marist 23
1:22: Canisius 35, Marist 21: The Red Foxes already have 10 turnovers and are shooting just 33 percent.
2:42: The Griffs are 7 of 13 from three-point range. Belardo has four and Hymes has two.
3:37: Canisius 33, Marist 19: It's raining 3's in the KAC! Belardo just hit back-to-back triples to give the Griffs its biggest lead of the night. Dhal was wide open for a three once but passed it up.
7:21: Manhertz has three fouls and has been replaced by 7-3 senior Marial Dhal.
7:53 Canisius 24, Marist 13: Hymes is hot. He's scored 10 of the Griffs last 13 points.
10:46 Canisius 15, Marist 11: Alshwan Hymes drops in two jumpers from the left wing.
11:43 game tied at 11: Marist moved out to an 11-5 lead before Kevin Bleeker ended the run with a layup and Harold Washington followed with another. Washington tied the game with a short baseline jumper.
15:29 first half: Canisius 5, Marist 4: The Griffs went up 5-0 to start the game before Gaby Belardo missed back to back threes, Josiah Heath missed a baseline jumper and Chris Manhertz was long on a shot from the wing.
Pregame: We're a few minutes from tipoff in a game featuring the Golden Griffins (3-12) and Marist (7-9). The Griffs have lost their last three games and haven't won since Dec. 28 against Binghamton.
January 11, 2012 - 10:06 PM
ST. BONAVENTURE 81, DAYTON 73
How Bona Won: The Bonnies have their faults and those to often obscure how well they do other things. Like play defense (Dayton shot 37 percent in the seocnd half). And shoot free throws (24 of 28 after shooting a robust 75 percent coming in). And when you do those things well and you have a determined Andrew Nicholson? That's how you knock off the No. 16 team in the RPIs.
Player of the Game: Finally!! Nicholson poured in a season-high 30 points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked six shots and didn't pick up his first foul until 10 minutes into the second half. It was only the second time this season he's had 20 or more (he had 23 in the win over UB).
Unsung Hero: You knew senior forward Da'Quan Cook was feeling it when he opened the second half with a wide pivot followed by a Nicholson-like drive down the lane. He matched his season high of 14 points and had a huge offseason rebund off a missed Nicholson three down the stretch.
Unsung Hero II: Charlon Kloff played 29 minutes at the point, scored 12 points, handed out two assists and didn't turn it over. Backup point guard Eric Mosley didn't turn it over either.
Stat of the Game: Dayton made 6 of its first 7 three-point attempts and 5 of its next 23.
What It Means: It really was a must win for Bona in its quest for prime positioning in the A-10 Tournament. The Bonnies improved to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic 10. Dayton fell to 12-5, 2-1).
In The House: Vocal gathering of 3,317 watched Bona run its home winning streak to five.
They Said It: "I guess they actually let me play today. It makes a big difference." -- Andrew Nicholson on picking up just two fouls and playing 34 minutes.
Next Up: Bona heads to Cincinnati Saturday for a date with Xavier.
-- Bob DiCesare
January 11, 2012 - 10:04 PM
January 9, 2012 - 10:44 AM
Final: Canisius 85, Iona 74.
Ashley Durham has a career-high 29 points -- 22 in the second half -- to pace the Griffs in their highest-scoring game of the year.
End of regulation
Tied, 67-67. That's right, overtime. Alison Braun hit a pull-up jumper with about 10 seconds left to tie hte game and the Griffs got a key stop to send the game into another five minutes.
14.7 seconds left: Tied, 65-65. Durham hit two free throws to tie the game. Iona called time out. Gaels ball at halfcourt out of the timeout.
3:49 left: Iona leads, 61-59. And we have that run. The Griffs are getting stops and working their offense for inside looks while Ashley Durham hit a huge three-pointer. Durham has 20 points.
7:47 left: Iona leads, 55-45. Yes in four minutes the game has seen just one bakset -- a post move from Jamie Ruttle. Not much has changed in that segment. While the Gaels look in control it is not out of the realm of possibility for the Griffs to stage a comeback. But the rally hats need to go on. Now.
11:28 left: Iona leads, 55-43. The Gaels are pulling away with this one. On the flip side, it looks to be high-scoring by MAAC standards this year. Another reason why games aren't played on paper.
15:16 left: Iona leads, 46-38. Turnovers and missed keep hurting the Griffs. It's taking its toll on defense, too as Canisius can't get back quick enough agaisnt Iona.
17:03 left: Iona leads, 44-35. The Griffs are missing easy shots after running their offense and are gettinb burned on the other end of the floor as Iona has two quick fastbreak layups off turnovers. Canisius called time out to regroup.
Iona leads, 38-33. Damika Martinez has 16 points hitting 5 of 7 from the floor. The Gaels are shooting nearly 52 percent (14 of 27) while the Griffs are hitting just 39 percent (11 of 28). Iona is stepping up and making shots but there is vast room for improvement in the Canisius defense.
3:48 left: Iona leads, 28-24. Jamie Ruttle is struggling from the free throw line, but the Griffs are getting there as their last four points have come from the stripe. Better free throw shooting would have this be a slightly different game. Also, the mascots just did the chicken dance. That's something you don't see every game in the KAC.
7:25 left: Iona leads, 25-19. This is high scoring for a MAAC game. The Griffs can't seem to get over the hump or stop Damika Martinez who has 14 points this half.
11:17 left: Iona leads, 15-13. The lead went to 15-8, but the Griffs resopnded with a three-pointer from Ashley Durham and a nice low post move from Ashley Wilkes. The Griffs were in a position to tie but Kayla Hoohuli was called for the offensive foul. Canisius has picked up its intensity on both ends of the floor.
15:59 left: Iona leads, 8-2. Darnika Martinez has six points for the Gaels who are hitting their shots while the Griffs are missing and turning the ball over. To start, Iona seems to be dealing with the noisy atmosphere better.
And welcome to Kid's Day at the Koessler Athletic Center. The place is packed with young kids eager for a day of basketball (and a day away from the classroom). Grab your earplugs. This is gonna be a loud one between Canisius and Iona. For the record, Canisius is 7-2 in their last nine Kids' Day games at the KAC.
The Golden Griffins are 7-7 overall and 1-2 in the MAAC after edging Saint Peter's, 59-54, on Saturday afternoon. It's no secret the Griffs aren't entirely pleased with the way they're preforming at the moment, but nabbing wins, ugly and otherwise, is key. Iona is 6-8 overall and have won two straight after a 71-61 win at Niagara on Saturday. Look for another game in the 50s -- Canisius is averaging 57.6 points a game and Iona 61 points a game.
--- Amy Moritz
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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.
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.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, hhas 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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