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Niagara Opener

Here we go with the opener of the 63rd season of basketball at The Taps. Niagara (0-1) against St. Francis (Pa.) (0-1). Niagara's coming off a 102-83 loss at Oregon State in which the Purple Eagles sank 16 threes, the most since 2008. They're 13th in the nation in three-point percentage (47 percent), a drastic turnaround from the early part of last season, when they hovered at or near the bottom of the national rankings in the category.

St. Francis suffered a six-point loss at Penn State in the opener.

This has always been one of my favorite places to cover a college game. The crowd's tight to the floor, the students are usually vocal and it makes for a crazy atmosphere that feeds into Niagara's frenetic style.

Can't do a live game feed because the two apps I need are refusing to recognize each other. So I'll try to get something up at halftime and follow with the game wrap shortly afterward.

-- Bob DiCesare

Niagara Opener

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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.

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