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Live blog: Bona vs. Binghamton

OLEAN -- Welcome to banner ceremony day No. 2 at the Reilly Center. As the men unveiled their A-10 tournament championship and NCAA tourney banner last night, the women will unfurl their A-10 regular season championship and Sweet 16 banner before kicking off the season against Binghamton. 

The Bearcats are coming off a 13-18 season. They lost to eventual America East champ Albany in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Check back for updates throughout the game and follow www.twitter.com/amymoritz for photos and tidbits.

Final: St. Bonavenutre 61, Binghamton 34

Second half:

15:17 left. Bona leads, 43-21. The Bonnies are in control of the game, starting the half on a 5-0 run.

Halftime:

Bona 33, Binghamton 18.

After trailing 10-3, the Bonnies went on a 30-8 run to take control of the game. Freshman Katie Healy leads all scoreres with eight points.

First half

3:07 left. Bona leads, 24-16. A three-pointer rom Ashley Zahn helped Bona gain some separation. They've been caught sleeping on a few defensive plays but continue to look stronger than they did in the first four minutes of the game. Still, the Bearcats are athletic and have some good moves in the low post and are very much in this game.

7:50 left. Bona leads, 15-12. Katie Healy has six points as the Bonnies gathered some energy in that last segement. They look poised and more aggressive. In other words, more like the Bona program we've come to expect.

11:47 left: Binghamton leads, 12-7. Freshman Katie Healy scored her first collegiate points, on a baseline jumper, and a nice drive and finish by sophomore Tatinana Wilson seemed to kick start the Bonnies on both ends of the floor.

14:54 left. Binghamton leads, 8-3. Binghamton made sme tough shots and the Bonnies missed some. Bona doesn't want to get into the habit of flat defense or not contesting shots.

 

--- Amy Moritz

Princeton vs. UB live blog

Princeton 57, UB 53, Final: Will Barrett fired in the winner on a three-pointer with 8.8 seconds left.

Princeton 54, UB 53, 23.3 seconds left: McCrea came up with a block followed by a free throw with 42.2 seconds left before a Tigers timeout.

Princeton 54, UB 52, 1:56: Watson nails a huge three pointer from the top of the key to pull the Bulls within two. McCrea now has four fouls.

Princeton 51, UB 46,3:49: McCrea has a game high 19 points and is carrying the Bulls offense while Princeton, with three players in double figures, is much more balanced.

Princeton 47, UB 40, 6:23: Clay Wilson hit an NBA three with the shot clock winding down to give the Tigers a seven-point advantage.

Princeton 44, UB 37, 8:42: The Tigers seem to have a nice pace going by dumping the ball inside. They've also started hitting threes (3 of 7 in the second half).

Princeton 37, UB 35, 11:24: MCrea is coming alive and has 11 points in the half but Princeton's offensive rebounding (12) is becoming a mjaor problem for the Bulls. 

UB 27, Princeton 24, 15:41, second half: The Bulls are going to miss Mitchell Watt in terms of his complimentary role to Javon McCrea. Teams couldn't double McCrea down low because Watt could step out and hit shots from the high post. McCrea, who was in foul trouble most of the first half, scored his first field goal a minute into the second half. Defensively the Bulls lack a shot blocker in the middle like Watt who allowed the perimeter players to gamble more.

Princeton 22, UB 21, halftime: Watson leads the Bulls with seven points while Hummer paces Princeton with six. The Tigers aren't shooting well (9 of 30) but maintain a lead because they are outworking the Bulls on the offensive glass (8-3).

Princeton 19, UB 15, 3:36: Both teams are a combined 1 of 14 from three-point range. Sophomore Xavier Ford is playing with more confidence than he did a year ago.

Princeton 17, UB 9, 7:07: Princeton is pounding the ball inside after finding little luck from downtown.

Princeton 7, UB 4, 10:41: A jumper by Tony Watson and a layup by Jarod Oldham seemed to wake UB up. Cameron Downing has lost at least 25 pounds. Princeton's Ian Hummer is the nephew of former Buffalo Brave John Hummer, a first-round pick in 1970. Niagara's Calvin Murphy was selected three picks later followed by UTEP's Tiny Archibald.

Princeton 4, UB 0, 14:37 first half: Boy this is ugly. UB's first seven offensive possessions ended with a block, turnnover, missed trey, turnover, airball, another airball and a missed runner. Gotta love season openers.

Pregame: This is the season opener for both teams. UB is 36-9 at home against non-league opponents since 2004-05.

---Rodney McKissic

Bethune-Cookman vs. St. Bonaventure live blog

Bona 65, BC 55, Final: Eric Moseley leads the Bonnies with 14 points while Matthew Wright added 13.

Bona 59, BC 49, 2:07: The Wildcats were closing in fast when Moseley was fouled as he drained a three-pointer. He made the free throw to put Bona back up by 10.

Bona 55, BC 43, 3:47: Wright has 13 points, four rebounds and a block.

Bona 51, BC 43, 5:42: The Wildcats hit a three pointer and followed with a block and dunk to close the margin.

Bona 46, BC 36, 7:45: St. Bonaventure is on a 13-4 run. The Bonnies are driving to the basket and kicking out to shooter Eric Moseley who 2 of 5 from downtown. 

Bona 39, BC 32, 12:31: Back to back threes by Conger and Matthew Wright might wake up the Bonnies, who opened the half with sloppy play and four second half turnovers.

Bona 33, BC 28, 15:40 second half: Bona starts the half slowly and didn't score their first field goal until nearly four minutes off the clock on a layup by Chris Johnson. Charlon Kloof has three fouls.

Bona 29, BC 25, halftime: Look for the Bonnies to make adjustments on the Wildcats three-point shooters (5 for 11). Demitrius Conger and Chris Johnson lead the Bonnies with five points each. Ndoye has a game-high six boards. Stanley Elliott has eight points off the bench for the Wildcats.

Bona 29, BC 22, 1:01: BC coach Gravelle Craig mentioned loudly that the Bonnies were outshooting the Wildcats 15-0 from the line and right on cue, refs send Adrien Coleman to the line and he drained both with 2:28 left in the half.

Bona 27, BC 20, 3:00: The Bonnes took a 27-15 lead after a trey by Eric Moseley but the Wildcats answered with five consecutive points to close the gap.

Bona 23. BC 15, 7:01: Indeed, the Bonnies will run and press more and they have a shot-blocker in Youssou Ndoye (two blocks) to erase any mistakes. Bona should blow this game open any time now.

Bona 17, BC 13, 11:17: The Bonnies are marching to the free throw line early in this one. Bona has already been to the line 10 times - they made 7 - and BC hs seven team fouls. But the Wildcats have made too many open threes (3 for 6) for Schmidt's liking.

Bona 5, BC 3, 15:45 in the first half: Finally got a wireless connection!! During pregame, the Bonnies raised banners marking their A-10 Tournament championship and NCAA Tourney appearence. Mark Schmidt promised the Bonnies will run more and so far he's been true to his word.

---Rodney McKissic 

Kicking off the season: Buffalo at UB

Welcome to the Koessler Athletic Center and opening day of the women's college basketball season. We open today with a Big 4 matchup between the University at Buffalo and Canisius. The Bulls have won the last two meetings between the schools while Canisius holds an overall 27-8 lead in the series.

Pregame quickhitters:

  • The MAAC announced its preseason coaches poll just before the game. The Niagara women were picked to finish second behind Marist and Canisius was picked fourth. It's the higest pick for the Golden Griffins since the 2009-10 season when they were picked third.
  • Canisius announced a "3 for a Cure" campaign for the season to raise awarness for neurofibromatosis and to fundraise for research. They developed the campaign after adopting North Tonawanda resident Leah Manth for the season after she attended the teams' girls basketball camp in August. Manth was diagnosed with the disease in July 2007. It is a rare genetic condition that affects the nervous system. Canisius is asking fans to make a donation based on the number of 3-pointers the Griffs make during the season. More information is available at gogriffs.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/3ForACure.
  • Tonight will be the debut of Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. Today's little known fact:  The Syracuse native actually played for former Canisius basketball coach (and current Griffs softball coach) Mike Rappl during the Empire State Games one summer.

First half

15:24 left. Canisius leads, 6-5. Both teams are getting out the jitters. Buffalo went up 5-0 and had plenty of good scoring opportunities but failed to finish. The Griffs have scored on 3-pointers  -- one from Kayla Hoohuli and one from Jen Morabito. The Bulls have been impressive on the boards in the first four minutes.

11:53 left. Canisius, 15-7. UB calls timeout. Griffs went on an 11-0 run to take the lead. Bulls look to have lost an edge on defense as Griffs are getting, and knocking down, open shots.

11:14 left. Canisius, 15-9. Valerie Majewski hits a baseline runner out of the timeout for UB. Canisius is moving the ball well on offense and stepping in to take good shots.

10:09 left. Canisius, 15-13. Canisiuis calls timeout after an ill-advised deep three-point attempt whie the Bulls are on a 6-0 run and right back in the game.

7:55 left. Canisius, 17-16. Kirsten Sharkey nails a three-pointer off an offensive rebound to bring the Bulls within one.

3:32 left. Canisius, 25-21. Sharkey wil go to the line to attempt to complete a three-point play out of the official timeout. The Griffs are shooting well from the perimeter and the Bulls defense needs to do a better job of contesting shots. What the Bulls have going for them is some gritty play in the low post.

Halftime:

Canisius 31, Buffalo 24. Griffs use a 6-2 spurt to close out the half and put some distance on the scoreboard.

The Griffs are shooting better from three-point range (6-14, 42.9 percent) then they are overall from the field (12 of 32, 37.5 percent). The Bulls are winning the low post battle, holding a 25-21 rebounding advantage and scoring 10 second chance points and 10 point sin the paint. 

Canisius, however, has nine points off 10 UB turnovers.

Second half

15:50 left. Canisius leads, 37-33. The Bulls have taken to driving the baseline this half and have drawn five fouls in the process. Nytor Longar will shoot two out of the timeout.

13:22 left. Canisius, 41-36. The Griffs have gotten slightly better on the boards in this stretch and have made some offensive plays. But the Bulls are't going away. They're showing more energy and grit under their new coach which is a sign of good things to come.

11:23 left. Canisius 43-37. Welcome to the ugly portion of the game where shots clank and loose balls aren't quite gathered with authority. The Griffs have led since early in the first half, but can't pull away.

9:27 left. Canisius 50-42. The Bulls had cut it to 44-42, but missed a box out on a rebound off a missed free throw and Allison Braun nailed the 15-foot jumper. After a UB tunrover, Ashley Wilkes nailed a three-pointer for a 6-point Griffs swing.

3:15 left. Canisius leads, 66-49. That 6-point swing proved the pivotal series as the Griffs ran away with the game from there. It's all over but the shouting now.

Final: Canisius 73, Buffalo 57.

Watson takes a leave of absence

St. Bonaventure University athletic director Steve Watson began an indefinite medical of absence on Wednesday.

Watson, who has been the athletic director for the Bonnies since December 2006, is having an elective, preventative heart surgery a university spokesperson said Wednesday night.

Watson lost is father and brother in a 13-month period both as a result of heart issues. His father, John G. Watson, the dean of the St. Bonaventure school of business, died in April 2011 at the age of 67. His brother, John J. Watson, a marketing professor at St. Bonaventure, died in May. He was 45.

Barb Questa, senior associate athletic director, will serve as the interim athletic director while Watson recovers.

--- Amy Moritz
www.twitter.com/amymoritz

WNY College Sports Chat - 3 p.m.

Live chat: UB/college football plus Big 4 hoops with DiCesare at 2 p.m.

Buffalo State volleyball in title game

For just the second time in school history, the Buffalo State Bengals are in the title game of the State University at New York Athletic Conference. The Bengals are hosting Cortland. The Red Dragons won an early-season non-conference meeting in four games.

Buffalo State is 26-7 overall while Cortland is 32-5.

Check back for updates from the match.

Set One

Cortland leads 11-8. The Bengals came out firing and took a 6-4 lead, but the Red Dragons used a 5-1 run to take the lead. 

Trailing, 10-14, Buffalo State rattles off four straight points to tie the set.

Time out Bengals with Cortland leading, 17-14. Buffalo State has eight hitting errors. That with some miscommunication has them playing inconsistent. Cortland has taken advantage of Buffalo State's mistakes.

Better play out of the timeout and Buffalo State takes an 18-17 lead.

The Red Dragons were serving at 24-21 but the Bengals ralllied and tied the set, 24-24. A service error gave Cortland set point again and this time they converted.

Cortland wins the first set, 26-24.

Set Two

Cortland leads, 7-5. The Bengals are inconsistent but the Red Dragons can't quite pull away.

Bengals took an 8-7 lead but Cortland nabs the next three points for a 10-8 advantage.

Buffalo State had Cortland scrambling and the Red Dragons pounded a ball back over the net from the basketball endzone. And it dropped without ap play from the Bengals. Cortland takes a 19-16 lead and Buffalo State calls time out.

The "free ball" is not so free and easy for Buff State. They failed to get the dig and trail, 22-19.

A service error by the Bengals followed by a hitting error gives Cortland a two set lead.

Cortland wins the second set, 25-20.

Set Three

Buff State started with a 2-0 lead. Cortland gets swinging to go up 5-3 early.

Some impressive and strong play from the Bengals has them up, 10-7.

And just like that, Cortland leads, 11-10.

Bengals had taken a 15-14 lead but Cortland comes back. Mental error by Buffalo State gives Cortland an 18-15 lead.

Cortland wins, 25-21.

--- Amy Moritz
www.twitter.com/amymoritz 

UB-Miami Game Wrap

UB 27, Miami 24

Game Analysis: UB's game plans were right on target. The offense rolled up 215 rushing yards and got solid pass support out of Joe Licata. The defense threw a lot of different looks at Miami QB Zac Dysert and played probably its best game of the season no matter what the point total says. And the special teams decided the game in the end, on Devin Campbell's kick return and Patrick Clarke's 47-yard FG to win it. Without Dysert threading needle after needle into oft-time exemplary coverage, the Bulls would had one this one without the dramatics.

Turning Point: UB knows all too well what it's like to look back on a game lamenting a play or two or three. This time, the regrets belonged to Miami. The RedHawks gave up the big kick return to Campbell after tying it up with 23 seconds left. Then Clarke gave UB its first win over an MAC or FBS opponent in almost a year.

Play of the Game: Tony Daniel's improvisation after mishandling a FG snap resulted in a first-down pass to Alex Dennison and eventually the go-ahead touchdown. Without that play Dysert takes over at the Miami 32, score tied, about 7 minutes left. Not good.

Unexpected Hero: Backup CB Marqus Baker broke up four passes and might not be a backup for long.

Stat Watch I: UB outrushed the RedHawks 215-98.

Stat Watch II: Miami scored TDs on three of its last four drives, the other ending with a lost fumble.

Never Before: That was the first time in its FBS history UB won a game in regulation on a walk-off FG.

He Said It: "As soon as I kicked it, as soon as it came off my foot, I knew it was good." -- Clarke on the winning FG.

In the House: Student support continues to wane. Attendance totaled 10,817.

Next Up: The Bulls wrap up their home schedule at 3:30 Saturday with a divisional crossover game against Western Michigan.

-- Bob DiCesare

MAC Power Rankings

Bob DiCesare's MAC Power Rankings:

1. Northern Illinois: Have state's best Jordan since Michael.

2. Kent State: 7-game win streak longest in 72 years

3. Toledo: Need to get pass attack going again.

4. Ohio: Boykin adds another dimension to run game.

5. Bowling Green: Showdown at Ohio Wednesday.

6. Ball State: Could give Toledo fits this week.

7. Western Michigan: VanTubbergen 300+ passing in 3 straight.

8. Miami: Dysert can make ALL the throws.

9. UB: Hasn't won 2 straight since '09.

10. Central Michigan: Too pass happy for own good.

11. Akron: Big showdown with EMU Saturday.

12. Eastern Michigan: Loser Saturday worst team in MAC not named UMass.

13. UMass: Take it from UB, in 10 years it gets easier.

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About Campus Watch

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.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


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 | amoritz@buffnews.com

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