March 28, 2013 - 10:00 PM
March 27, 2013 - 11:14 PM
---Mihalich returned a text message at 5:57 this morning saying he was on the road recruiting and doesn't know where the talk about an interview with Hofstra is coming from.
---Niagara University basketball coach Joe Mihalich is interviewing at Hofstra on Thursday according SNY.TV's Adam Zagoria.
Mihalich, a three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year winner, is coming off a season when led the Purple Eagles to a 19-14 record and the MAAC regular season title. Mihalich has been the coach at Niagara since 1998, leading the Purple Eagles to three MAAC regular season titles, two league tournament championships and a pair of berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2007.
The opening at Hofstra was created when the school announced Mo Cassara would not be returning after a 7-25 record.
Mihalich did not return a text and a phone call for comment.
March 27, 2013 - 7:32 PM
Niagara University hockey coach David Burkholder and players Carsen Chubak and Marc Zanette talk about facing North Dakota in their upcoming NCAA tournament game:
March 27, 2013 - 7:24 PM
Canisius hockey coach Dave Smith and players Matthew Grazen and Kyle Gibbons talk about their upcoming game against Quinnipiac in the NCAA tournament:
March 27, 2013 - 12:51 AM
Evansville 84, Canisius 83
How Evansville Won: The Purple Aces were in trouble down nine at intermission but opened the second half with a run and then rode the exploits of a finalist for mid-major player of the year. Porous defense tormented the Griffs in the MAAC semifinals and it was the same here. Evansville shot 60 percent in the second half.
Player of the Game: The best Canisius season in more than a decade has come to a close. But there are worse things than saying you were done in by Colt Ryan. The 6-5 senior guard was unstoppable, scoring 39 points on 11 of 22 from the field (5 of 9 on 3s) and 12 of 15 from the line. He also had a team-high six boards. And played 38 minutes. And never looked the worse for wear. Even the most ardent Griffs fan would have to admit he was a treat to watch.
Best Player (Losing Effort): Billy Baron struck for 21 points to finish the season with 584. That's the highest total for a Griff since Ray Hall in 1984-85 and the most points by a Canisius junior since Hall the previous season.
Another Go?: Reggie Groves was honored on Senior Night a couple weeks back but he still has a year of eligibility remaining. Hard to imagine he wouldn't come in handy next year, especially with the graduation losses the Griffs will sustain in the backcourt. Groves had seven points and six assists against two turnovers in 26 minutes. Harold Washington's foul trouble forced him into extended action.
Stat Check: This was the seventh time the Griffs scored at least 74 points and lost.
Stat Check II: Evansville scored 23 points off 16 Canisius turnovers. All nine Griffs who played committed at least one.
Seasonal: Chris Manhertz had six boards, pushing his season total to 297, seventh on the school single-season list . . . Isaac Sosa two treys pushed his school season-season record to 95 . . . With three blocks Jordan Heath went to 53, sixth most in a season.
In the House: 1,403 were on hand but it seemed like more. And the crowd was into it. Yup. After that looooong dry spell the Griffs matter again.
Canisius coach Jim Baron: "Down the stretch here (we were) playing against all good teams. This team beat Wichita State and you see them in the Sweet Sixteen right now. You can see why they beat Wichita State. You got to give them credit. They made their shots they made their plays they made their free throws and we have to play a flawless game to beat them."
Evansville coach Marty Simmons and if he's seen Ryan take over a game in that fashion: "I have. I mean I have. . . . I knowwe played Bradley last year at home and Creighton last year at Creighton he got on a roll like that. But he's been pretty consistent really for four years."
Simmons on Billy Baron: "He's a great player in transition. He really knows how to push it. He's really good off ball screens. . . . He's got great hesitation. He's got a quick first step. His knowledge of the game is tremendous."
Recapping: Canisius finished 20-14, a 15-win improvement over last season.
-- Bob DiCesare
March 26, 2013 - 8:03 PM
As the News' Jerry Sullivan first reported on Twitter, former Duke point guard Bobby Hurley is the University at Buffalo's new men's basketball coach.
UB introduced Hurley at a news conference at Alumni Arena that started shortly after 5 p.m.
Listen to Hurley's remarks after being introduced by UB Director of Athletics Danny White:
March 26, 2013 - 11:44 AM
Niagara's Juan'ya Green and Antoine Mason, Canisius' Billy Barron and UB's Javon McCrea were all named to the NABC Division I All-District teams which were announced today.
Green and Baron were named to the District 1 first team with Iona's Lamont Jones, Siena's O.D. Anosike and Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton. Mason was on the second team with Loyola's Erik Etherly, Boston University's D.J. Irving, Fairfield's Derek Needham and Stony Brook's Jameel Warney.
McCrea was on the District 14 first team along with Ohio's D.J. Cooper, Akron's Zeke Marshall, Toledo's Rian Pearson and Kent State's Chris Evans.
March 25, 2013 - 2:04 PM
by Amy Moritz
And Western New York has two nationally ranked hockey programs.
Yesterday, Niagara and Canisius learned their placement in the NCAA field of 16. Today, they both claimed spots in the USCHO.com national poll.
Niagara, which has been a mainstay on the poll this season, moved up a spot to No. 14. Canisius, meanwhile, made its first-ever appearance in the national poll, getting the nod at No. 20.
The Purple Eagles won the regular season Atlantic Hockey title and are making their fourth NCAA appearance and second as an at-large team.
Canisius is on an eight-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the nation, and made the NCAAs with the automatic bid from Atlantic Hockey after defeating Mercyhurst, 7-2, in the title game Saturday.
Niagara faces North Dakota in the West Region at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich., while the Golden Griffins play top-ranked Quinnipiac in the East Region at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Providence, R.I.
March 24, 2013 - 9:30 PM
---George Mason is leaving the CAA and joining the Atlantic 10 Conference according to several reports. The A-10 has scheduled a teleconference at 1:45 p.m. on Monday.
The news comes shortly after it was announced that Xavier and Butler will leave for the Big East next season while Temple will depart for the old Big East.
March 23, 2013 - 11:17 PM
by Amy Moritz
The Basics: Canisius built a 3-0 lead and the goals poured on in the third as the Golden Griffins defeated Mercyhurst, 7-2, in the Atlantic Hockey Championship at Blue Cross Arena.
How Canisius Won: The offense is on fire for the Griffs. After averaging just 2.18 goals a game for the majority of the season, they entered the game with a 4.18 goals per game average during their seven-game winning streak. While top-line winger Kyle Gibbons scored twice, it's the ability of others to contribute. In this win, Ralph Cuddemi scored twice, just his third and fourth goals of the season, which proved to be key strikes.
How Canisius Won II: Puck luck. At one point in the season the Griffs couldn't buy a good bounce. In the second period alone they saw a Mercyhurst goal called back thanks to video replay. They saw the Lakers miss a wide open net and another shot clank off the goal post.
MVP: Gibbons earned the tourney honors with four points on the night, a career-high. Don't discount the play of goaltender Tony Capobianco, though. The junior was solid making 34 saves. But to be honest, that's kind of a light night for him.
Lowest seed: The Griffs become the lowest seed to win the Atlantic Hockey title. They came in as the seventh seed and defeated No. 2 Air Force and No. 1 Niagara en route to the title game.
What It Means: Canisius gets the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It's the first championship for the Griffs and their first time in the NCAA tourney.
P.S. What It Means For Niagara: The NCAA hockey field is not determined the same as basketball. There is no committee in a room debating bubble teams. The conference winners advance with the at-large teams filled in from the computer ranking PairWise system. As of now, it is pretty certain that Niagara is in.
NCAA Selection Show: 9 p.m. Sunday. ESPNU.
Penalties: There were plenty of them in this one and the Griffs won the special team's battle. Canisius went 3 for 6 on the power play while holding Mercyhurst to 1 for 5. The key penalty came early in the second when Kyle Just hit Stephen Farrell from behind in the corner. He was called for five-minutes for hitting from behind and given a game misconduct.
They Said It:
"I thought the second period was an absolute schmozzle. I mean it was the craziest period of hockey. I've been in this a long time and I don't remember too many periods that was that unglued. .. It was a nightmare, schmozzle second period for us." Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin.
"Nothing has really changed for us. The pieces of the puzzle shifted a little bit, but I thnk it was the body of work and I guess if I had to identify one thing that took us to a different level it was looking the end of the season in the face and saying … we don’t want our season to end. Since that point, we’ve played our best hockey of the season." Canisius coach Dave Smith.
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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.
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.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, hhas 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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