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Burkholder goes for 200th victory with Niagara tonight against winless Sacred Heart

Niagara hockey coach Dave Burkholder will attempt to reach a milestone tonight.

Burkholder, who has been in charge of the Purple Eagles' bench since 2001, will earn his 200th career victory with a win over Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. in Dwyer Arena. Buckholder enters the back-to-back outings against the Pioneers with a 199-167-47 record.

Burkholder would become the 80th coach in NCAA Division I history to earn 200 wins.

Niagara is 8-2-3 and ranked 20th in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll. Sacred Heart is 0-10-2.

Niagara goaltender Carsen Chubak leads the NCAA in goals-against average (0.99), save percentage (.970) and shutouts (five).

---John Vogl

UB-Temple Game Wrap

Temple 54, UB 39

How Temple Won: The Owls neutralized Javon McCrea by doubling down in the first half and dared the Bulls to beat them from the outside. It didn't happen. UB shot 23 percent overall in the half and just 20 percent (2 of 10) from behind the arc.

Turning Point: The game was tied 2-2 when UB proceeded to miss its next 13 shots. Temple had a 13-2 lead before Tony Watson finally ended the drought with 9:06 left in the half.

Player of the Game: Temple sophomore guard Will Cummings played a career-high 34 minutes and had nine points to go with six rebounds, three steals and two assists.

What It Means: Temple is 4-0 and starting to build some depth off the bench. UB fell to 2-6.

In the House: There were 3,201 on hand at Alumni Arena and probably a few of them caught a nap.

Bounce Back: Will Regan took at elbow to the forehead late in the first half, left for the locker room but returned after intermission and finished with nine points.

Stat Watch: UB had just six offensive rebounds and attempted a scant three free throws.

Stat Watch II: UB guards combined to go 3 of 21 from the field.

Next Up: UB travels to St. Bonaventure on Saturday night.

-- Bob DiCesare

Mack Named All-MAC

UB junior LB Khalil Mack was the lone Bull on the Mid-American Conference first team released today. Junior WR Alex Neutz and senior DE Steven Means were selected to the second team.

The major postseason awards went pretty much as expected. Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch was Offensive Player of the Year, Bowling Green DE was Defensive POY and Kent State RB Dri Archer was Special Teams POY. Mack had my vote on the defensive side but the overall vote
was understandable given Jones's numbers and BG's success.

Kent Srate's Darrell Hazell is Coach of the Year.

My other votes went to Lynch, Archer and Hazell.

-- Bob DiCesare

WNY College Sports Chat - 3 p.m.

Join me for our weekly chat of all things college sports in Western New York. There's Big 4 basketball, a losing streak for the Bona women and an impressive comeback by Buffalo State over Medaille in men's basketball. 

--- Amy Moritz 

Video: Quinn recaps UB's season

UB football coach Jeff Quinn addressed a number of areas about the team in today's season-ending press conference.

Live chat: UB football & Big 4 hoops with Bob DiCesare at 2 p.m.

Niagara-St. Bonaventure game analysis

Game analysis: Niagara’s youngster may be growing up before our eyes, but score one for the veterans on Saturday as St. Bonaventure seniors Chris Johnson, Demitrius Conger, Marquise Simmons and Michael Davenport all came up with huge plays throughout the Bonnies, 80-75, victory over the Purple Eagles.

How St. Bonaventure won: Johnson, Conger and Davenport took control of the game at the end but the Bonnies Eric Mosley hit 3 of 6 from downtown as the Bonnies were 7 of 14 from long range in the second half. St. Bonaventure also outrebounded Niagara 43-36, including 18 offensive boards.

Turning Point: Davenport read a slip screen by T.J. Cline and stole the ball away from the freshman with six seconds remaining and Niagara threatening to win the game in regulation or send it into overtime. The Bonnies were clinging to a two-point lead.

Player of the Game: Conger was all over the place with 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a block that will talked about for a long time to come. Speaking of which …

Highlight of the game: Off a missed free throw, Cline threw a beautiful baseball pass to a streaking Marvin Jordan who flew in for a layup until Conger swatted it off the backboard.

Key stat: Niagara entered the game sixth in the country in three-point field goals made with 42 and finished Saturday’s game 7 of 20.

What It Means: After Niagara’s come-from-behind victory over New Mexico State and a solid effort against the Bonnies, the Purple Eagles have enough talent to win. Davenport has been missing for the first three games of the season and this game (eight points in 15 minutes) may get him going.

In the House: 4,758 in attendance, mostly Bona fans.

He Said It: “They have a few more miles on those tires than we do. They’re not just seniors, they’re junior college guys, a couple of foreign guys, prep school and fifth year guys.” – Niagara coach Joe Mihalich on St. Bonaventure’s seniors.

Up next: Both teams take on a programs coming off NCAA Tournament berths. The Purple Eagles travel to take on Iona on Wednesday while on the same night the Bonnies play defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Ohio University.

---Rodney McKissic

MAC Power Rankings

Bob DiCesare's MAC Power Rankings for Nov. 24:

1. Northern Illinois -- Jordan Lynch will be on my Heisman ballot.
2. Kent State -- Need healthy Dri Archer vs. NIU.
3. Bowling Green -- That defense rocks!
4. Ball State -- Surprised almost everybody.
5. Toledo -- Great year for Fluellen.
6. Central Michigan -- Took
four of last five.
7. Buffalo -- Should have won at least six with that defense.
8. Ohio -- SI jinx hit like a hurricane.
9. Miami -- Beat Ohio and then .... kaboom!
10. Western Michigan -- New coach in '13
11. Eastern Michigan -- Long way to go.
12. UMass -- Made decent progress
13. Akron -- Second straight year without FBS win.

UB-BG Pregame

COLUMBUS -- Bo Oliver and Devin Campbell are in uniform and going through warmups. If truly healthy, their presence cast today's game in a different light. Getting the running game going will be more important than normal given the wicked winds whipping across Columbus Crew Stadium. Passing, punting and field goal attempts could lead to some crazy occurences.

Bowling Green moved this game east because:
1) Black Friday games are poor draws with the students on break.
2) There's an alumni base here.

Not many people on hand at this point though.

-- Bob DiCesare

WNY College Sports Chat - 3 p.m.

Join me for a weekly chat about all things WNY sports. Happens every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Stop by with your thoughts, questions and observations.

---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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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.

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