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Bona Thumps RI

Andrew Nicholson scored 32 points, moving into fifth place on Bona's single-season and all-time scoring list, as the Bonnies skated past Rhode Island, 81-61, at a sold out Reilly Center this afternoon.

-- Bob DiCesare

Halftime: Bona 48, RI 26

It's been showtime at the Reilly Center as Bona has built a 48-26 halftime lead over Rhode Island. Andrew Nicholson has 20 on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, including 2 of 2 from behind the arc. The sellout crowd of 5,480 is eating it up, Bona had seven 3's and two emphatic dunks in the half. Hard to believe these two teams went overtime in Bona's earlier win.
-- Bob DiCesare

Bonnies Sold Out

St. Bonaventure has announced that Saturday afternoon's women's-men's basketball doubleheader at the Reilly Center is a sellout. Both teams will hold Senior Day festivities before their respective games, with the 22nd-ranked women facing Xavier and the men playing Rhode Island. Capacity at the RC is 5,480.

-- Bob DiCesare

UB Time Change

The start time of UB's final regular-season basketball game, at Alumni Arena against Bowling Green, has been changed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate a SportsTime Ohio broadcast. Seniors Mitchell Watt, Zach Filzen, Dave Barnett and Titus Robinson will be honored pregame.

-- Bob DiCesare

HKY Live Blog: Canisius at Niagara

Final: Niagara 4, Canisius 2. Niagara finally wins at home in the series. The Purple Eagls win the season series, 2-0-1.

Third period

17:34 left: Niagara jumps out to a 4-2 lead on a solid individual effort from Iuorio.

Second period

End of the second: Niagara holds a 3-2 lead. Niagara held a 14-9 advantage in shots in period and holds a 30-10 advantge for the game. The Griffs will haVe 1:02 of power play to start the third.

17:25 left: And another goal for Canisius. Make it 3-2 after Wiseman got his second goal, redireting a centering pass from Doug Beck. That's three goals in 1:16 and two goals on for the Griffs on three shots.

18:04 left: And the two-goal lead returns for NIagara as Marc Zannette scored on the power play.

18:41 left: Canisius gets on the boad, applying good pressure to start the game.Tyler Wiseman scored, sneaking the puck by Noonan.

First period

End of the period: Niagara leads, 2-0. According to in-game live stats, Canisius had just one shot on goal. We think they had two, but then again, that's not a lot to quabble over.

15:38 left: And just like that Niagara is up 2-0. A Canisius defender pinched at the blue line to play the puck, but the Purple Eagles got possions and broke down the ice. Iuorio passed to Isaac Kohls who tipped it in. That's two goals for the second line tonight.

19:06 left: Niagara takes a 1-0 lead when Giancarlo Iuorio picked up a puck in front of the net and fired a quick shot past Capobianco.

Pregame

LEWISTON --  Welcome to the third and final regular season matchup between Canisius and Niagara on the ice. Niagara leads the season series 1-0-1 after picking up a 4-1 win Tuesday in the Buffalo State Ice Arena. But mind you -- the home team is winless in the last six meetings between the two teams.

Tony Capobianco will start in goal for Canisius. The sophomore has a 2.91 goals against average this year and has been splitting time with senior Dan Morrison, who took the loss on Tuesday.

For Niagara, expect senior Chris Noonan to get the start. His 1.72 goals against ranks second best in the country.

--- Amy Moritz

Bona-Temple Game Analysis

Temple 76, Bona 70

How Temple Won: The Owls are tough and experienced in the backcourt and it showed. Ramone Moore scored 19 points, Khalif Wyatt 17 and Juan Fernandez 16 as Temple remained atop the conference at 9-2 and improved to 20-5 overall. Bona just couldn't contain the trio, particularly in the second half. They also combined to go 20 of 21 at the foul line.

Player of the Game: Moore scored all his 19 in the second half, going 6 of 11 from the field and 6 of 6 from the line. It was a game at the half (Bona 31-30) before he re-entered and caught fire.

Stat of the Game: The teams combined for go 42 of 49 from the foul line. Temple was 25 of 29, Bona 17 of 20.

Stat of the Game II: Temple scored 16 points off turnovers to Bona's seven.

What It Means: The Owls continue to pursue a Top 25 ranking. They've won nine straight and have won 20 or more for the fifth straight year. Their experienced backcourt will make them a tough out in the NCAAs. As for Bona, that's three losses in the last four games. Who knows? They could still realistically finish anywhere from third to 10th in the conference.

In the House: It was a "White Out" at the Reilly Center but it wasn't a sellout. There were 4,169 on hand.

Next Up: Bona finishes its three-game homestand at 4:30 Saturday against Rhode Island. The Bonnies won the earlier meeting 72-66 in OT.

Bob DiCesare

Bona-Temple Live

Canisius-Niagara live blog

HKY Live Blog: Niagara at Canisius

Final: Niagara 4, Canisius 1. The trend continues as the home team has not won in this series in the last six games. Same two teams face off Thursday at 7 p.m. in Dwyer Arena.

Third period

11:19 left: No scoring yet this period.

Second period

End of the second: Niagara leads, 4-1. The Purple Eagles have dominated play.

4:46 left: Canisiuis gets on the board when Doug Beck picked up a puck in the slot and beat Noonan high. It's 4-1 Niagara.

5:31 left: Niagara takes a 4-0 lead when Dan Morrison came out to play the puck but fell allowing Niagara's Giancarlo Iuorio to pick up the puck, skate around and shoot into an open net.

14:15 left: And just like that it's 3-0 Niagara. The Purple Eagles flew down on a 3-on-1 break and Ryan Murphy put in the goal. Niagara seems to be flying right now. Canisius calls a time out.

14:33 left: Penalties proved costly for Canisius and Niagara finally capitalized on a power play with Chris Lochner scoring.

First period

End of the first: Niagara leads, 1-0. Canisius had several solid scoring opportunities but Chris Noonan came up with some big time saves. The Griffs haven't helped themselves in the special teams department. They took three penalities giving Niagara two traditional power plays (one was during a Canisius power play, and the teams skated 4-on-4 for 1:55). As time expired, Canisius was whistled for another penalty. Niagara will start the second on the power play.

11:28 left: Niagara takes a 1-0 lead when Dan Weiss beat Dan Morrison five-hole.

13:04 left: The game didn't get chippy but the pace did pick up. Chris Noonan just made a nifty glove save as Canisius let loose a flurry of quality shots.

15:38 left: And we have our first incident of shoving after the whistle. These rivalry games can be interesting in the chippy department. Let's see if that sets a tone.

Pregame

Ah, bring on the cliches about throwing out the records, because that's pretty much what happens when Niagara and Canisius clash on the ice. The teams begin a home-and-home series during what's shaped up into a classic Little Three rivalry week. Tonight's game at Buffalo State Ice Arena marks the home game for Canisius. The teams will meet again on Thursday in Dwyer in Lewiston.

You can throw out the records, but not the fun stats:

In five Atlantic Hockey meetings between the two teams, the home team has to win a game, going 0-4-1.

Canisius senior Dan Morrision is just 43 saves shy of the school's all-time record.

The team that scores the first goal in Canisius games this seaosn owns a 24-2-4 record.

The teams skated to a 1-1 tie at Niagara on Nov. 15 -- the lowest scoring game in the 24-game series history.

--- Amy Moritz

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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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