The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team (1-4) lost the lead midway through the first half and never regained it Saturday in losing to Yale, 63-59, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
The Bulldogs took the lead, 13-12, with 11:02 left in the first half, built it to as many as 12 before walking off the court at halftime with a 36-33 advantage.
UB managed to tie the game at 55-all with 2:37 left but Javier Duren’s three-point shot put Yale (1-3) back in front to stay.
Javon McCrea led UB with 17 points. However he was only 2 of 11 in field goal attempts while making 13 of 14 free throws.
Jarod Oldham had 16 points for the Bulls, who shot only 34.7 percent (17 of 49). Oldham led UB with 10 rebounds.
Justin Sears led Yale with 19 points. Austin Morgan had 16.
In women’s basketball, Bucknell (1-2) finished the first half with a 19-4 run and went on a 12-2 run in the second in a 59-50 victory over Canisius (1-2) in a nonconference game at the Koessler Center.
Jamie Ruttle led the Griffs with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go along with five rebounds.
Freshman Tiahana Mills added eight points and four assists for Canisius.
Allison Braun and Jen Morabito led the Griffs with six rebounds, while Ashley Wilkes posted a team-best five assists to set a career high.
Niagara’s men’s team (1-2) will look to even its record when it faces New Mexico State at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Center in the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.
The visiting Aggies are led by 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Daniel Mullings from Toronto, one of four Canadians on the roster.
Tyrone Watson, a 6-5 forward from Hamilton, Ont. is another.
The UB women (1-2) will take on Wright State (1-1) at 3 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio.
The Bulls are coming off a 61-59 road win over Oakland (Mich.) on Friday night.