Turnovers proved to be costly for the University at Buffalo’s women’s basketball team, which fell to Duquesne on the road Wednesday morning, 78-55.
Kristen Sharkey led the Bulls with 14 points, while Christa Baccas had one of her best all-around games of the season nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. It wasn’t enough to offset a game-high 25 points by the Dukes’ Raegan Moore and 21 turnovers by the Bulls (2-2).
Duquesne led, 37-23, at the half, when it shot 50 percent and forced 11 UB turnovers.
But the Bulls started the second half quickly, going on a 7-2 spurt to make it 43-32. But the Dukes converted back-to-back conventional three-point plays that tossed aside Buffalo’s comeback. A three-pointer from Camera Miley and a two from Sharkey pulled the Bulls within 12 points at the 11:24 mark, but that would be the closest the team would come.
In men’s basketball, Niagara University (1-1) begins a six-game road trip at 5 p.m. tonight when it faces USC Upstate as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Kent State subregional in Kent, Ohio.
The Purple Eagles are coming off of a 92-81 victory over Big 4 rival UB in their home opener Nov. 13 which was first-year coach Chris Casey’s first Division I win.
Junior Antoine Mason is off to a fast start, averaging 29.5 points a game. The son of former New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason has scored at least 20 points in his last five games, dating to last season. Mason has played 98.8 percent of the team’s minutes, second in the nation to West Virginia’s Juwan Staten’s 99.1.
Also, senior guard Marvin Jordan needs just eight points to become the 44th Niagara player to reach 1,000.
USC Upstate (1-2) upset Virginia Tech in its opener before dropping close games to Winthrop and Tennessee. The Spartans have two of the top three scorers in the Atlantic Sun in forward Torrey Craig (21.3 ppg.) and guard Ty Greene (17.7). Craig is also third in the league in blocks per game, while Greene leads the conference in assists/turnover ratio (6.0), free-throw percentage (.900) and minutes played per game (37.3).
Also, St. Bonaventure announced the signing of Idris Taqqee, the third student-athlete to sign with the Bonnies during the Early Signing Period.
Taqqee, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard., is a senior at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29 games. Also signed were guard Iakeem Alston and forward Jordan Tyson.