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UB drops consecutive games for the first time this season

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

For the second straight Mid-American Conference road game, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team ran into a red-hot shooting team, this time dropping a 99-77 decision to Ohio University in the Convocation Center before 10,689 fans.

Ohio (10-9) shot 52 percent for the game from the field and 50 percent (11-of-22) from beyond the arc. The Bulls lost despite hitting 13 three-point field goals, including a career-high six by senior point guard John Boyer, who led the Bulls with a career-best 20 points.

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Report: Bills to name Modkins offensive coordinator

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix is reporting that Arizona Cardinals running backs coach Curtis Modkins will become the next offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.

Modkins has a long history working with new Bills head coach Chan Gailey. Working on an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship in 1999, Modkins spent time learning under Gailey while the latter was in his final season as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He then worked with him at Georgia Tech in each of Gailey’s six years there, coaching running backs and defensive backs. Upon Gailey’s firing from Tech, Modkins followed him to Kansas City in 2008, where Gailey became offensive coordinator and Modkins coached running backs. Modkins spent the 2009 season in the same position under Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

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Report: Pees in mix for Bills D-Coordinator job

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The Boston Herald is reporting today that former New England defensive coordinator Dean Pees is in the mix for the same role with the Buffalo Bills.

Pees was expected to take the coordinator job in Denver but the report says linebackers coach Don Martindale will get the gig and has been telling people he got the job already.

The report even suggests that Pees coming to Buffalo could be the reason why new Bills coach Chan Gailey is “open to the 3-4 look.”

Pees, 60, had been the Patriots defensive coordinator since 2006 and previously was their linebackers coach in 2004-05.  Before that he spent 24 years coaching in college.

Turner leads Griffs to win over Rider

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

Canisius College held visiting Rider to nine points in the game’s final 12:13 and senior Frank Turner scored a game-high 21 points as the Golden Griffins defeated the Broncs 74-58 in a MAAC contest Friday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win improves Canisius to 10-10 overall and 5-4 in the MAAC, while Rider dropped its third straight to fall to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

Turner added six assists and six rebounds to his 21 points, while not turning the ball over. As a team, Canisius was charged with a season-low seven turnovers, while outscoring Rider by a 42-16 margin in the paint. Junior Julius Coles chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds to the winning effort, while fellow junior Elton Frazier was credited with 11 points and seven rebounds. As a team, Canisius shot 42.2 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the free-throw line.

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NU still can’t get on track in loss to St. Peters

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

The Niagara men’s basketball team (11-10, 4-5 MAAC) dropped a 74-65 decision against Saint Peter’s (11-8, 6-3 MAAC) on Friday night inside the ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center. Senior Demetrius Williamson led all scorers with a career-high 23 points.

“I thought (Friday night) that there were a lot of plays where we were out toughed,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “I think we did a good job defensively in the first half, we just didn’t rebound the ball well enough. Without Tyrone, there really was no room for error.”

The Purple Eagles were playing their ninth game of the season without a First-Team All-MAAC player, and sixth game without the MAAC’s leading scorer, Tyrone Lewis (shoulder).

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Timon Shocks Top Ranked Nichols, 64-60

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

Western New York high school basketball continues to be as unpredictable as ever.  Just two days after a disappointing loss to St. Francis, Bishop Timon returned home and knocked off Nichols, the top ranked large school, 64-60.

Timon didn’t get lucky with a last second win; they took it to a heavily favored Nichols squad from the opening tip.  The Tigers led by eight after one, 11 at the half and 14 after the third before Nichols came back to make it a close game.

Sophomore Kyle Kobis led Timon (12-3, 3-1) with 22 points, including five three pointers.  Dut Dour added 16 points.

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