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Regan Named MAC East POW

Sophomore forward Will Regan has been named Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week after averaging 18 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games last week. Regan, a Nichols graduate and Virginia transfer, had 10 points and seven rebounds in UB's victory over Milwaukee last Wednesday and followed up with career bests of 26 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's victory over Niagara. He was 12 of 18 from the field for the week, 4 of 8 from three-point range and 8 of 8 from the line.

-- Bob DiCesare

UB-Niagara Game Wrap

UB 77, Niagara 67

How UB Won: Javon McCrea, coming off a career-high 31 points at Milwaukee Wednesday, was held without a field goal for the first time in his career. Not to worry. Will Regan went 11 over his career high, scoring 26, punishing the Purple Eagles from inside and out.

Turning Point: UB never trailed and Niagara never went away until Regan hit his third three of the night from the corner with 3:17 left. That put UB on top, 66-58.

Player of the Game: You've probably figured it out by now.

Best Supporting Role: Point guard Jarod Oldham continues to evolve into a scoring threat. He had a career-high 20 against St. Bonaventure on Dec. 1 and went for 18 against the Purple Eagles. He was 5 of 10 from the field, 8 of 13 from the line and overcame five turnovers with seven assists.

White Returns: Fifth-year senior transfer Devon White not only suited up for the first time this year, he was in Niagara's starting lineup. White, a 6-foot-8, 240-pounder from La Salle, had been out since suffering an Achilles tendon injury over the summer. He played 23 minutes and had four points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Missing: Niagara was without forward Joe Thomas and guard Marvin Jordan. Thomas returned home because of the death of his grandmother. Jordan missed his second straight game with a groin injury.

What It Means: UB is 4-7 and on its first winning streak of the season. Niagara is 3-6 and still looking for its first back-to-back wins.

Gamesmanship: Niagara coach Joe Mihalich "established a rapport" with the officials in the early going, prompting Reggie Witherspoon to comment to a passing referee, "If he's going to stand up and referee, I'm going to stand up and referee." The fouls were about even late in the half, but Mihalich apparently objected to sto a call with 38.7 seconds left, was hit with a technical, and UB turned the foul and the "T" into four points and a 37-28 halftime lead.

In the House: Attendance numbered 4,012.

They Said It:
"I didn't use any bad language. I didn't use the magic word. I didn't throw my coat in the stands. -- Mihalich on his "T".

"I actually felt good out there, especially coming off an injury like I had. I would love to get back out there again and keep helping my team. All in all, it's great to be out there back on the court supporting my team." -- White on coming back off his injury.

"it's important to have another person out there that can shoot that shot (the three). It opens the court and that's what we've been working on. I think that fits right into Will's strengths, running the court." -- Witherspoon on the Bulls offensive emergence.

"With us opening the floor, that really helps out a lot. You can't really throw three guys down on Javon. You can't have two or three guys sagging in there because Tony (Watson) is hitting shots and Will is hitting shots." -- Oldham

"Seriously, it's been a while since I've gotten meaningful minutes in a game." -- Regan, who played sparingly his freshman year at Virginia and sat out last year as a transfer.

Next Up: UB is off until it visits Washington State on Dec. 21. Niagara plays four of its next five at home beginning with Hartford on Wednesday night.

-- Bob DiCesare

Live chat: Big 4 basketball with Bob DiCesare at 9 a.m.

Live blog: Bona at Buffalo

St. Bonaventure has won 16 straight games against Big 4 opponents. The last team to beat them? The University at Buffalo. The Bulls are looking to end the streak tonight when they host the Bonnies in Alumni Arena.

Bona is on Game No. 7 of an eight-game road swing. The Bonnies are 4-5 overall and will be without CeCe Dixon tonight. She is sitting out for team reasons. Freshman Emily Michael will start in her place.

The Bulls have spent most of the early seasonon the road as well. It's just the third home game for the Bulls (1-7) who are being led by freshmen Rachael Gregory (11.5 ppg) and Mackenzie Loesing (8.4 ppg).

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final: Bona 64, Buffalo 55.

Second half:

3:48 left: Bonnies lead, 51-47. Ashley Zahn hit back-to-back three pointers then knocked down a pair of free throws for Bona. This is getting pretty serious.

7:58 left: Buffalo leads, 39-35. The Bulls went on a 9-0 run to take control of the game. Rachael Gregory has been impressive with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Bonnies, meanwhile, have gone cold and the Bulls are outworking them on loose balls.

11:38 left: Bonnies lead, 35-32. Rachael Gregory will be going to the line after the time out to try and complete the three-point play. It's become a jump-ball fest with Bona coach Jim Crowley yelling "win the ball" at every opportunity.

15:00 left: Bonnies lead, 31-8. Bonagrew its lead to seven points, 31-24, on a jumper by Katie Healy but the Bulls scored four straight points, including a fastbreak layup off a Bona turnover. The Bulls now have 16 points off 15 Bona turnovers.

17:36 left: Bonnies lead, 29-24. After Rachael Gregory hit two free throws to open the half, the Bonnies went on an 8-0 run to take the lead, Ortego had three points in the run, Emily Michael had a three-pointer and Jordan McGee a beautiful reverse layup on a feed by Ortega.

Halftime:

Buffalo leads, 22-21. Bona held the Bulls without a field goal for 11 minutes while making a 6-0 run to get back into the game. Katie Healy sank a free throw to give the Bonnies its only lead of the game, 21-20.

The Bulls are shooting just 28.6 percent (8 for 28) with eight points and five rebounds from Rachael Gregory.

The freshmen are leading the Bonnies combining for 17 points, led by Nyla Rueter's six points.

First half

3:46 left: Buffalo leads, 20-17. The Bonnies are on a 6-0 run including four points from Doris Ortega. The Bulls have gone cold missing their last seven shots with a turnover thrown in for good measure. The Bulls are getting good looks, but not shooting the ball well.

7:23 left: Buffalo leads, 20-11. The Bulls have missed opportunities to make this a double-digit lead while the Bonnies have failed to get good, solid shots to fall.

11:57 left: Buffalo leads, 14-9. Turnovers are killing the Bonnies. The Bulls, on the other hand, are taking advantage of a hesitant, and tired-looking, Bona defense. The Bulls have eight points off Bona's six turnovers.

15:08 left: Buffalo leads, 11-7. Only freshmen have scored for the Bonnies who already have three turnovers. The Bulls are shooting 62.5 percent (5 of 8) with balanced scoring to jump out to the early lead.

17:01 left: Buffalo leads, 9-3. Bona calls timeout. The Bonnies have two turnovers and the Bulls are moving the ball inside to open up their offense and jump out to the early lead.

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

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Bona-Siena Game Wrap

St. Bonaventure 58, Siena 43

How Bona Won: Siena's 43 points were the fewest by a Bona opponent since a lowly Binghamton team scored 40 on Nov. 20, 2009. Charlon Kloof took Evan Hymes, Siena's leading scorer, out of the game and the Bonnies took charge late, pulling away from a 43-40 lead with 8:08 remaining.

Turning Point: Mathew Wright struck for a conventional three-point play with 6:37 left for a 48-40 Bona advantage. It was a continuation call, NBA-style, but the home crowd had no gripe.

Player of the Game: Kloof set down the law with the job he did on Hymes and his teammates followed the lead. He also had eight points, two assists, two steals and a block.

Best Supporting Role: Senior forward Marquise Simmons came up with his second career double-double -- 12 points and 10 rebounds.

What It Means: Bona improved to 5-2 and ended a streak of five straight games decided by five points or less. Siena dropped to 2-7 but don't discount their ability to make a little noise in the MAAC.

Stat Check: Bona went 2 of 20 from three-point land with Eric Mosley accounting for both of them.

Stat Check II: Talk about a reversal. Bona went 16 of 17 from the line after missing 16 of 38 against UB Saturday.

Stat Check III: Bona committed just five turnovers. Siena had 17.

Short: Siena's O.D. Anosike came in leading the nation with seven double-doubles. He missed No. 8, with 14 rebounds but just seven points.

In the House: The late start kept the crowd to 3,482 but the students, psyched for a TV game, made up for the lack of overall numbers.

They Said It:

"We just stuck to our game plan that we went over all week in practice and then we executed good tonight for the most part." -- Simmons

"You want guys that are self-motivated. My job is to motivate them but there's some days where they need to motivate me. And Charlon is someone that comes to practice every day. You don't have to yell at Charlon. You don't have to get him going. He's a self-starter and that's what you want. Not all are like that. Most guys aren't like that. When you get a self-starter that's a joy to coach." -- Bona coach Mark Schmidt

Next Up: Bona plays at Arkansas State Saturday before returning home for games against Cleveland State and Citadel.

-- Bob DiCesare

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Bona-Siena Pregame

OLEAN -- Whatever happeed to Siena, not long ago the kingpin of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference? The Saints limp into tonight's game at the Reilly Center just 2-6 and are 29-41 under third-year head coach Mitch Buonaguro. This despite the fact Siena features 6-8 senior O.D. Anosike, the nation's leader in double-double (seven) and second-leading rebounder (13.3).

This could be Bona's opportunity to end a streak that can't sit particularly well with coach Mark Schmidt -- five straight games decided by five points or fewer. Bona (4-2) owns a 27-6 advantage in the series, which qualifies as the best winning percentage by a Siena opponent that has played the Saints more than 10 times.

The 9 p.m. start came at the request of the NBC family of sports channels and, from the looks of things, will result in a scant crowd outside the robust student section.

-- Bob DiCesare

MAAC expansion talks

The talk is heating up on the web today about possible expansion for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. William Paxton of the Connecticut Post wrote a blog item this afternoon saying that the conference is intersted in adding Monmouth and Quinnipiac into the fold.

AdMonitorThe MAAC is looking to replace Loyola (Md.) which is leaving for the Patriot League. That loss leaves the MAAC with 10 teams. Sources say the league has been interested in expanding to 11 or 12 teams to guard against dropping to single-digit teams in the future should the college conference shuffle continue down the road.

The piece was picked up also by the Albany Times-Union.

Both schools, currently in the Northeast Conference, fit the MAAC profile of small, private schools in the Northeast. Monmouth is located in New Jersey, about an hour away from Rider, while Quinnipiac is in Hamden, Conn.

Sacred Heart, also in the NEC, had previously been talked about as a possible MAAC addition.

The MAAC presidents have upcoming meetings. An annoucement on the topic could come as early as the end of this week.

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

 

Lady Vols feeling their way back to success

It wasn't looking like a typical season at Rocky Top when the Lady Vols lost to Chattanooga, 80-71, and then needed overtime to defeat Middle Tennesee, 88-81.

But a complete 102-57 thumping of North Carolina on Sunday shows that Tennesee women's basketball is feeling its way in the post-Pat Summitt era.

ESPN columnist Kate Fagen wrote that with a young and talented roster, the future looks bright for the Lady Vols and that a championship run may not be as far away as some people think.

Check out the highlights of the win over UNC where junior Meighan Simmons scored a career-high 33 points from everywhere on the court -- driving, three-pointers, pull-up jumpers. It was the most points for a Lady Vol since Candance Parker dropped 34 points against Notre Dame on March 30, 2008.

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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.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


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.

@RodneyMcKissic | rmckissic@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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