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Having defeated its last two opponents by a combined 74 points, St. Bonaventure heads into its game at No. 25 N.C. State this afternoon (3 p.m., Radio 1450 AM) looking for its best start since 2001-02.

That team also started 8-3 before finishing with 17 wins and reaching the NIT. The Bonnies will be looking to avenge a last-second loss against the Wolfpack last year in Rochester, 67-65.

On Wednesday night, Bona displayed its balanced offensive attack once again as five scorers reached double figures, and four netted at least 15 points to lead the Bonnies to a 97-57 win over The Citadel.

Elsewhere in college basketball, the Canisius men’s basketball team (8-2) is on the road tonight to take on No. 21 UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center at 10 p.m. The Running’ Rebels (10-1) enter the game having won eight straight. They are coming off a 73-59 win on Wednesday at home over Northern Iowa.

UNLV leads the all-time series with Canisius, 1-0, as the Runnin’ Rebels won the only previous meeting, 95-70, last season in Las Vegas.

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team was playing its first game in the state of Washington when it traveled to Seattle Friday night to play Washington State. That contest ended too late for this edition.

Buffalo was riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Milwaukee and Niagara.

The Bulls were playing their first game since losing point guard Jarrod Oldham for 10 weeks to a wrist injury suffered at practice. True freshman Jarryn Skeete was likely to replace him at the point. Tony Watson, who has experience at the point, was also expected to see extended minutes.

Washington State is 7-4 on the season and is coming off a 52-41 win over Jackson State on Dec. 13.