The University at Buffalo can move a step closer to the Mid-American Conference East Division title with a win this afternoon against Miami (Ohio).
The Bulls (17-8, 11-4), who have won eight of their last 10 including their last three games, play host to the RedHawks (11-15, 7-8) at noon today at Alumni Arena (TWCS, Radio 1270 AM).
Elsewhere, St. Bonaventure (16-12, 6-8 Atlantic 10) will try and rebound from back-to-back losses against Rhode Island and LaSalle at 3 p.m. today at the Reilly Center against Saint Joseph’s (20-7, 10-3). The Bonnies are trying to gain some momentum for the upcoming A-10 Tournament in Brooklyn while playing the role of spoiler for the Hawks, who are on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulls are two games ahead of Ohio, who they defeated on the road Wednesday, 69-64, and Akron, who they face on the road Tuesday, in the East Division race. Both teams are 9-6. UB is tied with Toledo and a game behind Western Michigan (12-3) for first place for the league’s regular season championship and an automatic berth into the NIT.
UB is being led by senior Javon McCrea, the school’s career scoring leader, who is averaging 18.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Fellow senior Joshua Freelove is second on the team at 12.6 points per game. Miami has won back-to-back games, including a 65-61 win over Akron on Wednesday night. Will Felder leads the RedHawks at 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Geovonie McKnight is the only other RedHawk averaging double figures.
Today is Senior Day at St. Bonaventure in what will be the final home games for Matthew Wright, Charlon Kloof and Marquise Simmons, a sixth-year senior.
In Big 4 women’s basketball on Friday night, the Niagara University women moved up to 9-18 overall and 8-11 in the MAAC with a 68-60 win against Rider at the Gallagher Center on Friday night. Chanel Johnson led the Purple Eagles with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Canisius scored 10 of the final 11 points in overtime to defeat Fairfield, 52-45, at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Golden Griffins, who ended the Stags’ seven-game winning streak, won for the third time in four games and improve to 12-16 overall and 8-11 in the MAAC.
Today in Big 4 women’s hoops, St. Bonaventure (22-8, 11-4 A-10), who has already clinched second place in the league, plays its regular season finale at 1 p.m. at LaSalle (13-14, 8-7), while UB (15-11, 8-7 MAC) plays at 2 p.m. at Miami, Ohio (7-19, 3-12).