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Report: Gill to Interview for Kansas Job

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm

According to a report from, UB head football coach Turner Gill will interview with Kansas for the same position.

Following last season’s improbable Bulls run to the MAC Championship, Gill interviewed for head coaching vacancies with Auburn and Syracuse.

The Jayhawks are in the hunt for a new coach following the resignation of Mark Mangino this past Thursday, after allegations of verbal player abuse surfaced.

Under Gill this year, UB lost four games by less than six points en route to a disappointing 5-7 record.  Still, Gill is regarded as a hot coaching prospect in the college coaching community.

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Griffs Hoops Open MAAC with 70-65 Win

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Canisius senior Frank Turner scored a team-high 20 points, while juniors Julius Coles and Greg Logins added 18 and 12 points to the winning effort as the Golden Griffins defeated Loyola 70-65 Friday night in the MAAC opener for both teams. The win improves Canisius to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the MAAC for the first time since the 2002-03 season, while the Greyhounds slipped to 4-3 on the year and 0-1 in league play.

Turner, who scored in double figures for the 25th-straight game, ended the night by going 5-for-12 from the field, 1-for-2 from 3-point range and 9-for-10 from the foul line to lead the Blue and Gold. Coles was 6-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the line, while Logins posted his 12 points to go along with nine rebounds. Fellow junior Tomas Vazquez-Simmons came off the bench and added nine points and nine rebounds for Canisius, which shot 44.2 percent from the field and 70.4 percent from the charity stripe in the victory.

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NU Has 2nd Half Outburst For Opening 88-64 MAAC Win

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm

The Niagara coaches had been hoping for a strong second half effort from the men’s basketball team (5-3, 1-0 MAAC). On Friday, the Purple Eagles delivered in a hard-fought, physical 88-64 victory over Manhattan (4-3, 0-1 MAAC) to open up conference play.

In the second half, the Purple Eagles, who led 37-30 at the break, shot 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc and scored 51 points to pull away from the Jaspers.

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NU Volleyball Season Ends In NCAA First Round

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:49 pm

The Niagara volleyball team’s historic season came to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Niagara fell to the No. 13 seed Michigan Wolverines, 25-4, 25-12, 25-15, on Friday night at the Keen Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan.

“We were just excited to be a part of the NCAA Tournament,” Niagara head coach Susan Clements. “Hats off to Michigan, they are an exceptional team. We hope to learn from this and be back next year.”

The Purple Eagles scored the first point of the match with a kill from freshman middle Amanda Wilken (Cincinnati, Ohio). The Wolverines then dominated the rest of the opening set, adding 15 kills without a hitting error.

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No. 5 Bemidji State Trips Up NU Hockey

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm

The Niagara men’s hockey team (2-9-1, 1-2-1 CHA) continues to play a challenging schedule, dropping its fifth game to a ranked foe, falling 8-2 to CHA rival No. 5 Bemidji State (12-2-1, 7-0-0 CHA) at the John Glas Fieldhouse on Friday night.

“Bemidji is a good team with the lead, especially at home when they can smell blood,” head coach Dave Burkholder said. Consecutive even-strength goals in the second period put us in a bad spot.”

The game remained scoreless until late in the first period, where Ian Lowe would score the first of his two goals against junior netminder Adam Avramenko (Strathmore, Alb.). The Purple Eagles would head to the locker room down by the slimmest of margins, 1-0.

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Griffs Hockey Lose To Bentley

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

The Canisius College hockey team rallied from an early two-goal deficit but Bentley responded with two goals in the final five minutes to earn a 5-4 victory on Friday. The loss is the third-straight for the Griffs as the team now stands 7-9-1 and 6-6-1 in Atlantic Hockey play.

“I thought we showed more mental toughness today, we just made too many mistakes defensively,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “We have to be more committed to defense if we want to be successful. Bentley is a good team. I thought they outworked us early. We got it going but some mistakes just killed us tonight.”

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Fredonia Stuns Buff State with Comeback Win

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Fredonia (2-3/1-0) overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat visiting Buffalo State (1-2/0-1), 62-59, in the SUNYAC season-opener Friday night at Steele Hall.

Glenroy Carr (Amherst/Sweet Home) led Buffalo State with a game-high 19 points. Jake Simmons (Rochester/School of the Arts) was the only other Bengal in double-figures with 17 points.

Buffalo State led by 15 points with a 57-42 lead with 8:02 remaining, but Fredonia came roaring back, closing the game with a 20-2 run. The Blue Devils took their first lead of the second half at 60-59 with a jumper with 21 seconds remaining. The Bengals missed a jumper for the win at the buzzer and Fredonia added the final two points of the game from the free-throw line following a technical foul.

Buffalo State will host NAIA Point Park next Wednesday at 6 p.m

Bulls in 17th Place After Day One of 28th Annual Cliff Keen

  • Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

The University at Buffalo wrestling team completed day one of the 28th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational at the Star of the Desert Arena on Friday. Among the 42 teams competing in the event, the Bulls currently occupy 17th place with 34.5 points. John-Martin Cannon, Jimmy Hamel and Kevin Smith reached the quarterfinals of their respective weight classes.

Entering the event unseeded, Cannon opened with consecutive victories over seeded wrestlers. The sophomore opened the day with one of the best wins of his career as he defeated sixth-seed Eren Civan of Columbia, 5-3. Cannon continued on his path of upsets by defeating 11th-seed Oscar Huntley of Navy in a dominating 9-3 decision. In the quarterfinals, Cannon dropped a 10-2 major decision to eighth nationally-ranked Colt Sponseller of Ohio State. With one second remaining in his lone wrestleback bout of the day, Cannon managed to pull off a pin at 6:59 over Te Edwards of Arizona State. Cannon will begin his quest to place against sixth nationally-ranked and 2009 NCAA All-American Andy Rendos of Bucknell on Saturday.

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