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UB basketball player charged in stabbing of Canisius player during pick-up basketball game

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Posted at 4:11 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 17:22:49-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A basketball player recently recruited by the University at Buffalo is charged with stabbing a player from Canisius College.

The attack happened Wednesday night during a pick-up basketball game at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School on Eggert Drive.

According to investigators, Malik Zachery stabbed a player from Canisius in the leg during a fight, then left the scene before police arrived.

Malik is charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

"The University at Buffalo and its Division of Athletics are aware that North Tonawanda Police is investigating an alleged incident involving a member of our men’s basketball team," UB said in a statement. "We are cooperating fully with its investigation. Until we learn more from police, we won’t have further comment."

Canisius Athletics released its own statement Friday afternoon.

"We are aware of the situation involving a member of our men’s basketball program that occurred Wednesday night, and we are working to gather more information. Canisius College is cooperating with local law enforcement officials," the school said.

Malik, a junior, joined the Bulls in April from Chipola Junior College in Florida.