Sharp shooting from three-point range helped the Canisius women’s basketball team earn a 61-48 win over Binghamton in Vestal on Tuesday.
The Golden Griffins shot 56 percent from behind the arc, hitting 9 of 16, as the team improved to 2-3.
Canisius hit five of its first seven shots, including three three-pointers, to build an early 13-6 lead. Binghamton trimmed the lead to five points several times in the first half, Canisius came up with defensive stops as needed.
Jen Morabito went 3 for 5 from three-point range, scoring all of her nine points in the first half. Kayla Hoohuil netted her eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, before the break as Canisius went up, 33-24.
Nine players scored for the Griffs led by Jamie Ruttle and Ashley Wilkes who each netted 13 points. Crystal Porter had eight rebounds.
Vaneeshia Paulk led all scorers with 17 for Binghamton (0-6).
The game started a long stretch of road games for the Griffs where they will play five of six away from the Koessler Center. They will be at Akron on Saturday.
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team is looking to build some momentum when it hosts Temple at 7 tonight in Alumni Arena. The Bulls (2-5) are coming off a 76-57 win over Division II Mansfield. Buffalo has outrebounded its opponents in all seven games but has had difficulty scoring. The Bulls have been held under 60 points in four of the seven games they’ve played.
At 3-0, Temple is off to its best start since the 2000-01 season. The Owls are led by senior Scootie Randall whose 21.7 scoring average leads the Atlantic 10.
The game is the second half of a doubleheader as the UB women (1-5) host Duquesne (4-1) at 5 p.m. Freshman Mackenzie Loesing of the Bulls was named to the All-Tournament team at the Dayton Marriott Classic after netting 21 against Eastern Illinois.
Meawhile the Niagara (2-3) men open Metro Altantic Athletic Conference play at Iona (2-2). It is the third straight game for the Purple Eagles (2-3) against a 2012 NCAA tournament team. Niagara defeated New Mexico State and lost to St. Bonavnture.
St. Bonaventure men (3-1) play at undefeated Ohio University (5-0). All four of Bona’s games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. The Bobcats, meanwhile, have won by an average of 24.6 points — the eighth biggest scoring margin in the country.
The Bona women (3-3) will be looking to end their three-game losing streak at Delaware (2-2). The Blue Hens, who have been receiving votes in the national polls, are led by first team All-American Elena Delle Donne, who scored 22 points in a victory over Providence last week, makes her season debut after missing three games because of the after-effect of Lyme disease.