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H.S. Hoops: Nichols suffocates Timon, 65-47

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Will Regan Buffalo Sports DailyWhen these teams last met a few weeks ago, Bishop Timon handed then-number one Nichols a four point loss.  The Vikings would have none of it in their rematch at home on Monday night.

Nichols (15-6/8-2) used a suffocating defense that harassed the normally sound Tigers into their worst shooting performance of the year.  The Vikings took control early and were able to cruise to a surprisingly easy 65-47 victory.

Will Regan showed why he’s the reigning Western New York Player of the Year, having one of his trademark well rounded statistical games.  The senior had game-highs of 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots.

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Niagara blows big halftime lead, falls at Rider

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm

The Niagara men’s basketball team (13-13, 6-8 MAAC) dropped a road conference contest at Rider (14-12, 7-7 MAAC) on Monday, 70-62. The Purple Eagles took a 14-point lead into halftime, but allowed 47 points in the second-half.

“It was a dissappointing loss,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “We let a great opportunity slip away.”

The Purple Eagles used a strong defensive effort in the first half, taking a 37-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. But after intermission, the Broncs outscored Niagara 47-25, shooting 56.7 percent for the come-back victory. Rider now sits in fifth place with four MAAC games remaining, while NU slips into a sixth-place tie with Canisius.

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Buffalo State Randy Smith Tribute Set For Feb 19

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm

The greatest athlete in the history of Buffalo State will be honored during the “Tribute to Randy Smith” at halftime of the Bengals’ men’s basketball game against Cortland on Friday, Feb. 19 at the Sports Arena.

Smith was a three-sport All-American in basketball, soccer and track from 1967-71. He died from a heart attack last June while working out. The tribute will include remarks from his former coaches and teammates as well as a proclamation by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown naming Feb. 19 as Randy Smith Day in Buffalo.  Smith’s mother, wife and daughter will be on hand for the ceremony that will include a banner in his honor being lifted to the rafters.

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Flynn starts to regain that winning feeling

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Jonny Flynn Buffalo Sports DailyFormer Western New York high school basketball legend Jonny Flynn has already experienced his fair share of lows in his rookie NBA season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Not used to all the losing at Syracuse University and especially high school at Niagara Falls, Flynn saw his team come out on the losing end of 38 of 47 times with Minnesota before last week.  Finally, Flynn is getting to accustomed to something new in the NBA.


Out of nowhere his Timberwolves are on a four-game winning streak.  This past Friday they defeated Dallas and came back the next night with a win against Memphis. At 13-38 the Wolves aren’t going anywhere this season or anytime soon, but getting the feel of sleeping on victories is a positive feeling.

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Bills’ Roster Review: Nose Tackle

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 6:45 am

Now that the Buffalo Bills have hired George Edwards as their defensive coordinator, we can start taking a look at Buffalo’s defensive personnel. As it’s been announced that the team will be making the transition to the 3-4 defensive scheme, this exercise now becomes particularly interesting, because let’s face it - the Bills are not well-equipped at the moment to run that system.

After the jump, we’ll take a look at the only two players on Buffalo’s roster that should be considered as nose tackle options.

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Stampede fall at Halifax 111-90

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 6:35 am

buffalo stampedeThe Buffalo Stampede gave Canada a good running.  After defeating Quebec on Saturday the Stampede traveled Sunday to Halifax.  Buffalo managed to take a 28-25 lead after the first quarter but little went right the rest of the way as their two-game winning streak was snapped, 111-90 on Sunday.

Andy Robinson had a game-high 29 points for Buffalo (3-6), who also got a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds from former UB college star Greg Gamble.

Kevin Ross chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Stampede, who shot 46% from the field a day after hitting on 58% of their shots.

Their next home game is a big one against the Vermont Frost Heaves this Saturday Feb. 13th at the Koessler Center. Game time is 7:30pm. There is a pre-game concert at 6:30pm by Amanda Nagurney. This is the American Cancer Society game with $1.00 from every ticket sold donated to this great cause. Tickets start at only $7.00 so bring the family to see some great pro basketball.

Bisons to get some new talent

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 6:25 am

The New York Mets announced that they have signed INF Jolbert Cabrera, INF Luis Hernandez, LHP Travis Blackley and LHP Bobby Livingston to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

The Mets also announced that LHP Adam Pettyjohn, LHP Neal Musser, INF Alejandro Machado and INF/OF Val Pascucci have been signed to minor league deals.
Cabrera, 37, spent last season in Baltimore’s system, appearing in 78 games for Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles). He hit .262 with seven home runs, 50RBI and nine stolen bases with the Tides.

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Canisius downed by Saint Peters in OT

  • Posted on February 8, 2010 at 6:14 am

Canisius senior Frank Turner scored a team-high 23 points, highlighted by his runner in the lane with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but it was not enough to help the Golden Griffins get over the top as the Blue and Gold fell to Saint Peter’s 73-72 in overtime in the Yanitelli Center on Sunday. The loss is Canisius’ third straight and drops the team to 11-14 overall and 6-8 in the MAAC, while the Peacocks improved to 14-10 overall and 9-5 in conference play.

Canisius was down 58-49 with 3:01 left on the clock after Saint Peter’s guard Wesley Jenkins went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. From there, Canisius would outscore Saint Peter’s by a 13-4 count that sent the game into an extra session. Julius Coles drilled a 3-pointer from the corner with 13 seconds left to cut the Peacocks’ lead to 62-60, and after Saint Peter’s missed a pair of free throws with nine ticks left in regulation time, Turner took the ball the length of the court and laid one over the front iron to knot the score at 62-62, sending the game into overtime.

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