The University at Buffalo’s men’s basketball team puts its first-place standing on the line tonight in a Mid-American Conference East Division showdown at Ohio University (Radio 1270, 7 p.m.), while both St. Bonaventure hoops teams will play Atlantic 10 Conference games.
The Bulls (16-8, 10-4 MAC) won for the first time ever at Kent State on Saturday. Tonight they will attempt to end a seven-game losing streak against the Bobcats and win for only the second time at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio, where they are 1-13 all time.
Ohio (19-8, 9-5 MAC) defeated UB, 73-70, at Alumni Arena 10 days ago and comes into tonight’s game after a 66-50 win at Akron, knocking the Zips out of the division lead. Senior Nick Kellogg leads the Bobcats in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. Maurice Ndur is averaging 15 ppg and 7.1 rebounds.
Javon McCrea, who became the UB’s all-time career points leader (1,920) at Kent State, can now aim for 2,000 and his own single season mark of 611 set last season. He needs 158 to break his season record and has at least five games to do it.
The final home game for the Bona women (21-8, 10-4 A-10) is an important one – a battle for second place in the conference against George Washington (19-8, 10-4 A-10). Each team will have one regular season conference game left after tonight. GW has four players averaging in double figures. Katie Healy (Lancaster) leads Bona (17.9 ppg).
The St. Bonaventure men (16-11, 6-7 A-10) will face La Salle (12-14, 4-8 A-10) at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia (Radio 1450, 7 p.m.). Bona defeated the Explorers, 66-51, at the Reilly Center last month.