A career night from senior guard Josh Freelove would not be enough, as the Buffalo Bulls fell to Eastern Michigan 69-64 in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference tournament Thursday night. Freelove would hit 8-15 threes and score a career-high 26 points, but the Eagles’ top-ranked field goal defense stifled the UB interior.
The Bulls struggled with the Eastern Michigan zone defense early, but was able get an early boost from threes on three straight possessions to take a 9-5 lead through the first four minutes, one from Will Reagan and the next two from Freelove. The Bulls would hit a slump from that basket at the 16:12 mark, going without another field goal for the next seven minutes while Eastern Michigan would embark on a 15-2 run to take a 20-11 lead before Freelove would strike again from deep.
The Eagles would stymie the interior offense for the Bulls, but Freelove would help bridge the gap with his outside shooting. He hit his fourth three of the first half to help the team to a quick 8-2 run that brought the score to 26-24 at the final media timeout. His masterful opening 20 minutes would close with his fifth three with 25 seconds left that gave the Bulls a 32-29 lead at the break. He would finish 5-9 in the half, and the Bulls would make eight threes on 16 attempts. On the flip side, the interior offense never clicked in the half, making just two of 16 shots from inside. Javon McCrea would go 0-7 and his just two free throws, but made up for it with nine rebounds and three assists in the half.
As the second half got underway, Freelove would not leave his shooting hand in the locker room. The senior hit three of his first four threes before the first media timeout, forcing the Eagles to call time after his third three gave the Bulls a 42-34 lead with 16:56 to play in the game. McCrea would have a memorable half of his own, as his free throw at the 18:14 mark gave the MAC Player of the Year his 2000th career point. The senior forward would not make a shot from the floor until the 14 minute mark of the second half, but his interior defense and rebounding would make an impact.
Bulls Stunned In MAC Quarterfinals – continue reading…
Senior Javon McCrea has been named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, the league office announced on Wednesday morning. McCrea, who recently became a three-time All-MAC First Team selection, becomes the third player in school history to be awarded with the MAC’s highest honor.
McCrea received 20 of the 25 media votes for the award, receiving 17 more votes than Western Michigan’s David Brown, who was second on the list with three.
McCrea becomes UB’s first ever three-time All-MAC First Team selection and he was his most dominant this season. McCrea has averaged 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season. McCrea has been named the MAC East Player of the Week three times this year and he went over the 30-point mark three times, including a career-high 34 points in a senior day victory over Bowling Green.
McCrea became UB’s all-time leading scorer earlier in the year and he currently is just three points shy of 2,000 for his career entering this week’s MAC Tournament. McCrea also has 975 rebounds as he looks to be just the fourth player in MAC history with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
“This is a very deserving honor for Javon who has meant so much to our program and to the league,” said head coach Bobby Hurley. “He has had a monster season and he is the most complete player in the MAC. Playing at such a high level statistically and helping us win a MAC East Championship put him in a rare group of players that have achieved and accomplished what he has in his career and we are proud of him for that.”
UB: McCrea Named MAC Player of the Year – continue reading…
Senior Javon McCrea has been named to the All-MAC First Team for the third straight season, while senior Joshua Freelove was named All-MAC Honorable Mention and Shannon Evans was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team. The all-conference teams were announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
McCrea becomes UB’s first ever three-time All-MAC First Team selection and he was his most dominant this season. McCrea has averaged 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season and he leads the MAC in points and rebounds amongst conference games only at 19.6 and 9.8, respectively. McCrea has been named the MAC East Player of the Week three times this year and he went over the 30-point mark three times, including a career-high 34 points in a senior day victory over Bowling Green.
McCrea became UB’s all-time leading scorer earlier in the year and he currently is just three points shy of 2,000 for his career entering this week’s MAC Tournament. McCrea also has 975 rebounds as he looks to be just the fourth player in MAC history with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
Freelove was named All-League Honorable Mention as he averaged 13.1 points per game in his first season with Bulls. His total increased to 13.4 points per game in league games only, which was good for 12th in the league in scoring. Freelove was named MAC East Player of the Week following a career-high 24 points in a win over Miami (OH), including 21 in the second half. He also had 21 points in a win over Akron and he was tied for second in the MAC in league games for three-pointers per game.
McCrea Named First-Team All-MAC; – continue reading…
Off a career-high 34 points from senior Javon McCrea, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team became MAC East Division Champions on Saturday, defeating Bowling Green, 88-65, in front of 5,452 fans for Senior Day. The Bulls improved their record to 19-9 and finish conference play with a school-record 13 victories. The Bulls will open up MAC Tournament play on Thursday evening in the quarterfinals.
After a pre-game celebration of UB’s five-member senior class, head coach Bobby Hurley started all five seniors: Corey Raley-Ross, Auraum Nuiriankh, Joshua Freelove, Jarod Oldham and McCrea. The Bulls even got an early three-pointer from Nuiriankh. The Falcons never led by more than two in the contest, which they held with 15:24 left before the Bulls answered with a Shannon Evans three pointer. The Bulls ended up going on a 12-4 run to open up a 20-14 lead. The Bulls had their biggest lead of the half right at the end, going into the break up 41-31.
The second half turned into a show that the season-high crowd won’t soon forget. The Falcons cut the lead into single digits at 48-39, but the Bulls answered with an 11-1 run, which was capped off on an unbelievable fast-break dunk where Evans passed the ball off the backboard and sophomore Justin Moss slammed it home. A layup from Evans with 9:32 left gave the Bulls a 66-42 lead, but the Falcons cut into the lead, trimming the Buffalo advantage to 71-58. However, a layup from McCrea ignited an 11-1 run, which put the Bulls up 82-59 with 2:57 remaining. UB went on to score the final six points of the game, with the final exclamation point coming on a put-back dunk from Moss.
UB Wins MAC East Division Title – continue reading…
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night as the Bulls got down early and fell at Akron, 83-71. The loss drops the Bulls to 18-9 and 12-5 in the MAC, still one game ahead of the Zips in the MAC East heading into the final regular season contest.
Akron got off to a quick start in front of the home crowd, racing out to a 21-7 lead just six minutes into the ball game. The Bulls continued to trail by 14 with 12:19 left when they went on an 11-0 run, capped off on a layup from senior Javon McCrea. The Bulls would cut even closer as a pair of free throws from freshman Shannon Evans pulled the Bulls within one with 2:44, but those would be UB’s last points of the half as Akron went into the break up, 35-30.
Senior Joshua Freelove was scoreless in the first half, but came out firing in the second half, hitting a three to open the final 20 minutes, en route to 17 second-half points. UB opened the second half on a 17-7 run, taking its largest lead of the game at 47-42 with 14:49 left. The Bulls continued to lead by five when Akron went on an 11-0 run to retake a 56-50 lead with 10:47 left in the second half.
A three from sophomore Jarryn Skeete cut the deficit back to three, but the Zips went on another 15-5 run to take a 71-58 lead with 3:18 left. The Zips went on to score their final 13 points from the free throw line over the final 3:18 of the game to preserve the lead.
Slow Starts Dooms UB At Akron – continue reading…
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team shot 63.3% from the floor, its fifth highest total in school history, as the Bulls defeated Akron, 96-90, Wednesday evening at Alumni Arena. For the first time since 1999, the Bulls had three players score at least 20 points, led by Javon McCrea who just missed recording the first triple-double in school history with 20 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high eight assists.
The victory improves Buffalo to 15-8, surpassing its win total from last year, and putting the Bulls in a first place tie in the MAC East at 9-4.
The two teams showed early that it was going to be a high-scoring affair as the Bulls shot nearly 68% in the first half. However, Akron stayed in the contest, hitting six first half three pointers and shooting 54.8% itself in the opening half. Neither team led by more than six points in the opening half and Akron did take its only two leads midway through the half. The Zips led 24-22 with 8:53 left when the Bulls went on a 6-0 run following a pair of three pointers from Will Regan and Joshua Freelove. The Zips tied the game back up at 35-35, but another Freelove three pointer and a McCrea dunk put the Bulls on top for the remainder of the night. A dunk from McCrea in the final seconds of the half gave UB a 48-42 lead into the break.
UB was consistently good offensively on Wednesday evening as it followed its 48 points in the first half up with 48 more in the second. UB opened up the second half on an 8-2 run, capped off on a Freelove three as Akron called the quick timeout. The Bulls got their lead up to as many as 14 following a steal and a fast-break jam from senior Jarod Oldham, giving the Bulls a 60-46 lead with 16:04 left.
Bulls Outlast Akron in Shootout, 96-90 – continue reading…
The Bulls close out their two-game homestand Wednesday night when they host MAC East leader Akron at Alumni Arena. The Bulls had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday against Ohio and they are currently one game behind Akron for first place in the MAC East. Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and join us in a “white out.”
The Bulls are being led by Javon McCrea, who is averaging 18.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He currently has 12 double-doubles on the year. Senior Joshua Freelove is second on the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game.
Akron is 17-8 and 9-3 in conference following a 62-54 home win over Northern Illinois. Demetrius Treadwell leads the Zips at 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He has 13 double-doubles on the year to lead the MAC. Quincy Diggs is second on the team at 12.1 points per game.
Akron leads the all-time series 26-22, but the Bulls have won three of the last four meetings including the last four at Alumni Arena.
Tickets are still available by calling 1-877-UB-THERE. Fans who aren’t able to make it to Alumni Arena can listen in on 1270 AM “The Fan”, with Josh Whetzel on the call.
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team put forth its most complete offensive performance of the season on Wednesday night as they defeated Western Michigan, 84-63, in front of 3,052 fans at Alumni Arena. The Bulls placed five players in double figures as they improved to 11-6 on the year and 5-2 in MAC play.
The two teams started off slowly as Western Michigan led 7-4 six minutes into the game. However, a quick line change made by head coach Bobby Hurley gave the Bulls a new sense of urgency and a new found energy that began a 29-9 run, putting the Bulls ahead 33-16 with 5:18 left in the first half. The run was ignited by the play of freshman Shannon Evans, who made pinpoint passes and smart decisions as he finished with 10 points and five assists in the first half. The play that really capped it off was a pair of no-look behind-the-back passes from senior Jarod Oldham and Evans, which landed in the hands of sophomore Justin Moss, who finished the play. Moss had his best game of his young Buffalo career, which included eight points and six rebounds in the first half. The Bulls took a 39-25 lead into the half, but came out of the break with the same energy.
The second stanza began with a thunderous dunk from senior Javon McCrea, who scored the first four points of the half. Western Michigan made a second-half run and pulled within 10 on two occasions, but Evans answered with a three pointer, which began an 8-0 UB run. The Bulls increased their second half lead to a game-high 22 points as Moss hit a pair of free throws and the Bulls went on to win by a final score of 84-63.
“Great win for our program,” said Hurley. “Western [Michigan] is going to beat a lot of teams in the league and they are a good offensive team. I thought we started out a little flat and we picked it up. The intensity on defense got better and we got great contributions from a lot of players tonight.”
McCrea led the way with 20 points, his third straight 20-point night. He added six rebounds and three assists, despite playing just 25 minutes due to foul trouble. He was picked up by Moss, who finished the evening with 14 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.
UB Dominates Western Michigan, 84-63 – continue reading…
University at Buffalo football fans are invited to attend a special Football Signing Day event at Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill in Williamsville on Wednesday, February 5 at 5:00 pm where UB Football Head Coach Jeff Quinn will reveal his 2014 recruiting class.
At 5:30 pm, Quinn and members of his coaching staff will be on hand to show highlights and breakdown each member of the newest recruiting class.
Fans in attendance will have an opportunity to win a 2014 football game day experience, which includes two tickets to a home game, two sideline passes, VIP passes to a game day concert, and more! Season ticketholders will be able to pick up their 2014 season ticket renewal packet as well.
The event is free to the public and will begin at 5:00 pm. Following the event, fans are encouraged to head to Alumni Arena for UB’s men’s basketball game against Ball State tipping off at 7 pm. Click here for ticket information.
The Bulls are coming off one of the most exciting seasons in school history, finishing 8-5 and making an appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – just the second bowl game appearance in program history.
A season-high 25 points from junior Will Regan helped lead the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team to a 71-60 victory over Kent State, Saturday evening at Alumni Arena. Regan had 19 points in the second half as the Bulls outscored the Golden Flashes, 44-31, over the final 20 minutes of play. The victory improves UB to 9-5 on the year and 3-1 in the league, while the Bulls remain a perfect 8-0 at Alumni Arena.
UB quickly erased a five-point deficit in the second half as Regan knocked down a triple for the first three of his 19 second-half points. The Golden Flashes continued to lead 36-34 when the Bulls went on an 18-4 run in just over five minutes to take the lead 52-40 with 10:25 left. The final three points came from the free throw line as freshman Shannon Evans was fouled on a three-point attempt. The Bulls continued to increase their lead and a pair of free throw by Regan gave the Bulls a 59-43 advantage with 6:41 left. The 16-point lead was Buffalo’s largest of the night.
Kent State pulled within 10 at 65-55, but UB quickly went on a 6-0 run to regain that largest lead at 71-55 with 53 second left. The Golden Flashes scored the final five points of the game.
The Bulls shot 46.4% in the second half, including 45.5% from three and more importantly, turned the ball over just three times in the half. It was a far cry from the first half when the Bulls really struggled to get anything going offensively, but was able to thank its defensive for heading into the break down just 29-27.
Regan’s 25 Leads UB Over Kent State – continue reading…
Toledo guard Julius Brown sunk a jumper as time expired on Wednesday night, leading the Rockets to a 67-65 win over Buffalo, in front of 4,595 fans at Savage Arena. The Bulls had led by as many as 13 in the opening half, but the Rockets were able to get back into the game, due in part to a noticeable discrepancy at the free throw line, 24-6. The loss is UB’s first in conference play as it falls to 8-5 on the season and 2-1 in conference play. Toledo improved to 14-2 on the season and 2-1 in conference. The Rockets remained perfect at home, but tonight was its smallest margin of victory in a game at Savage Arena.
The Bulls held an early seven-point lead in the second half, but after a quick Toledo run, neither team led by more than two possessions for the remainder of the night. The Bulls fought off three two-point deficits over the final minute of play, including a layup from freshman Shannon Evanswith just 2.7 seconds left to tie the game up at 65-65. Following a Rocket timeout, Toledo threw the ball the length of the court and into the hands of Nathan Boothe, who found Brown for the game-winning jumper.
UB had its opportunities in the second half, leading 58-57 with 4:16 left. Neither team found the scoring column for nearly two minutes, but then Toledo regained the lead as UB senior Javon McCrea was unable to hold on to a defensive rebound as a Rocket defender caught him in the eye. Toledo’s Jordan Lauf was able to lay it in for the easy two and Toledo either led or the game was tied for the remainder of the contest.
Buzzer Beater Leads Toledo Past UB – continue reading…
Posted on January 15, 2014 by Patrick Moran
According to respected Buffalo News reporter Bob DiCesare, University at Buffalo linebacker and top draft prospect Khalil Mack has decided to skip the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama next month.
DiCesare also reports that Mack has signed with agent Joel Segal. Among Segal’s biggest clients are Reggie Bush, Desean Jackson and Patrick Peterson. He’s represented more than two dozen first-round draft picks since 2001, largely why he’s regarded as one of the sport’s biggest power agents.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that Mack had decided not to participate in the Senior Bowl festivities, as by all accounts he seems to be entrenched among the top dozen prospects that will go off the board early in the 2014 draft this May.
Of course, there will be critics among fans, the media and possibly even NFL evaluators who’d prefer a willingness from guys like Mack to show what they can do in what many regard a pressure-packed setting. Still, it’s highly unlikely a dominant performance would much improve his already formidable draft stock, while a worst-case major injury make Mack foregoing the opportunity in Mobile a no-brainer in the eyes of many.
For the record, Mack was the first UB player ever invited to the Senior Bowl.
Posted on January 4, 2014 by Patrick Moran
University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack had one of the most decorated college athletic careers of anyone to ever play in Western New York—ever, in any sport. This past season alone he was the 2013 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Jack Lambert Award winner and the first, First-Team All-American in UB’s history .
He’s also an overwhelmingly easy choice as the fifth annual BSD Athlete-of-the-Year winner; joining past recipients C.J. Spiller (2012, Buffalo Bills), Chad Kelly (2011, St. Joe’s football), Kourtney Brown (2010, UB Women’s hoops) and Will Regan (2009, Nichols basketball).
Mack finished his UB football career with more forced fumbles (16) than anyone in NCAA history and tied another NCAA career record with 75 tackles for losses. In 2013 he recorded 10.5 sacks, 19 tackles for losses and 100 total tackles.
“Where Khalil began and where he is now in the history of our football program he is one of the finest, and may arguably be the best football player to ever play at UB,” Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn said after Mack’s All-American selection was announced in late December. “I think a lot of young players are going to look at our form of development, the way we approach our business, the plan we have in place and how it’s impacted Khalil and they can certainly have that opportunity coming to Buffalo.”
2013 BSD Athlete of the Year: Khalil Mack – continue reading…
For just the second time in school history, the University at Buffalo football team will play in a bowl game as the Bulls accepted an invitation to play in the Idaho Famous Potato Bowl on Sunday. UB will face San Diego State out of the Mountain West Conference on Dec. 21 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID. The game will kick off at 5:30 pm EST and will air nationally on ESPN.
Buffalo finished the regular season 8-4 and went 6-2 in conference play. The Bulls’ eight regular-season wins were a record in their FBS era and their six conference wins were the most since joining the Mid-American Conference in 1999.
This will be the first ever meeting between UB and San Diego State. The Aztecs finished the regular season 7-5 and went 6-2 in the Mountain West Conference.
UB’s only other bowl appearance was the 2009 International Bowl –a 38-20 loss to Connecticut in Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Buffalo was invited to the 1958 Tangerine Bowl, but declined the invitation after being told two of its African-American players would not be allowed to participate in the game.
“We are excited to be going to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. They do a great job with their bowl experience,” UB Director of Athletics Danny White said. “The community really rallies behind it. For us, it’s a big moment. It’s a testament to the work of Coach Quinn and his staff and these student-athletes. They have worked hard to build the program to this point. The key is that we don’t look back. We want to be enjoying this moment every year.”
“It’s been four years in the making. I couldn’t be more proud of this senior class and coaching staff to have this opportunity,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “We talked about setting our goals towards being a football program that has a November and December tradition. And to be invited to a bowl game when we knew there were more bowl eligible teams, represents the kind of hard work we have invested in ourselves. A chance to play in the Famous Potato Bowl is a great opportunity for our kids.”
Check back to www.ubbulls.com for updates on information surrounding the bowl.
Posted on November 20, 2013 by Patrick Moran
If you’re a native Western New Yorker and not following the UB Bulls by this point, I really don’t know what to tell you. All your missing is one of the more successful UB campaigns in their long history.
The Bulls toyed with Miami (Ohio) Tuesday night on the road, blowing out the Red Hawks 44-7 in their own stadium to improve their record to 8-3 this season and set up a MAC East title showdown with Bowling Green next Friday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Their eight wins are the most in a single-season during their entire FBS era.
But it’s far beyond their overall team success that’s blowing my mind for anyone not paying attention. Khalil Mack has emerged not only as one of the best linebackers, but one of the premier players regardless of position in the entire country. This isn’t some senior kid racking up statistics in a small school program that will see his football playing days end in a few more weeks. Nope—Mack is not only an absolute lock, barring injury to continue his career in the NFL next season, but he’ll very likely be doing so as a high first-round draft pick.
Mack had three sacks and three forced fumbles—all in the first half against Miami Tuesday night. In case you live under a rock (or just don’t follow college football locally for some reason) the three forced fumbles shattered the NCAA for most in a career as Mack now has 16. His three sacks moved him within 2.5 tackles for losses of the NCAA career record as well.
This season alone he’s up to 10.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and has picked off three passes—two that were returned for touchdowns. It’s those numbers that legitimately make him a semifinalist for the Butkus Award—given to the nation’s top linebacker.
Khalil Mack Is Really Good At Football – continue reading…
University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week on Monday following his record-breaking performance against Toledo. The sophomore signal caller threw for a school-record 497 yards and four touchdowns against the Rockets.
Licata’s 497 passing yards eclipsed the previous record of 490 set by Cliff Scott against New Haven in 1992. He also broke the school record for completions with 36 and tied the all-time mark with 58 attempts. He tied for seventh in MAC history for single game passing yardage. With the Bulls trailing, 38-0, early in the second half, Licata nearly single-handedly brought the Bulls back as he went 24-of-36 for 382 yards and all four touchdowns in the second half alone.
Licata is having a breakout season for the Bulls. The Williamsville native has completed 179 of 295 passes for 2,235 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. His 20 touchdowns are second in school history for a single season, trailing only Drew Willy who threw 25 TDs in 2008.
It marks the first time in his career that Licata has garnered MAC Play.
With one home game still remaining, the University at Buffalo has already set a new football season attendance record as the Bulls have posted a paid attendance of 110,192 through the first five home games.
The previous record of 108,118 was set in 2011. This season, the Bulls have averaged 22,038 fans per game, with four games over the 20,000 mark. To put that in perspective, UB had a total of four games of 20,000 or more fans over the past five seasons, combined.
One of UB Athletic Director Danny White’s goals when taking the job last year was to create a vibrant tailgate atmosphere at UB Stadium. His vision resulted in Stampede Square, a family-friendly entertainment area that includes food, games and activities for all ages.
Stampede Square is also the home of the Tailgate Concert Series, which has been a very popular addition to the game day festivities. Each week, award-winning national music acts took the stage to perform. Bands such as Kool and the Gang, Blues Traveler and Randy Houser rocked Stamped Square in the hours leading up to kick off.
UB Football Shatters Attendance Record – continue reading…
First-year head coach Bobby Hurley has announced his signing class for the 2014-15 season, which includes one ESPN Top 150 player amongst the three-man class.
The group begins with 6-1 guard Lamonte Bearden out of Germantown, Wisconsin. Bearden is listed as four-star recruit and the No. 22 best point guard in the country by Scout.com and has also received four stars from ESPN Recruiting Services. Bearden’s Germantown team went a perfect 28-0 last season and was the Division I state champions, as he averaged 13.1 points per game. Most recently, Bearden was named a Platinum Division First Team selection at the annual Breakfast of Champions Fall Basketball League.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lamonte to the UB basketball program,” said Hurley. “Lamonte is a 4 star recruit and a top 150 talent and he is an elite point guard with great court vision and feel for the game. He is also a winner leading Germantown High School to a 56 game winning streak and state title last season”
Mory Diane, a 6-3 shooting guard, committed to the Bulls from Detroit, MI and is his playing his senior season at Pershing High School. Listed by ESPN Recruiting Services as the 11th best player in the state, Diane has played varsity since his freshman season at Country Day High School and is a 43% shooter, including 35% from long range. Diane averaged 11.9 points per game last season as a junior, including 23 points in the second game of the season against Ferndale.
UB Hoops Signs Three For 2014-15 – continue reading…
The Niagara men’s basketball team officially opened its 2013-14 home schedule by holding off Big 4 rival Buffalo, 92-81, on Wednesday night.
Niagara (1-1) has now won six of its last seven home openers and improves to 4-1 against UB (0-2) in home openers since 1979. The Purple Eagles, who led as much as 16 points late in the first half, held off a late Bulls’ run in the second half en route to their first win over UB since Nov. 25, 2008 and their first in the Gallagher Center since Nov. 20, 2007.
“It was a hard fought game and we were fortunate,” said head coach Chris Casey, who earned his first win at Niagara. “We made one or two more plays and one or two more free throws and came out on the positive end of a very, very hard fought game.”
After trailing in the early minutes, Niagara went on a 14-3 run to lead 16-8 after 12 minutes. The Purple Eagles’ lead grew to 16 points after a free throw by Tahjere McCall with 20 seconds left in the half as NU went into the half leading 47-33. NU shot 43 percent from the field and 87 percent from the charity strip. Junior Antoine Mason and freshman Ramone Snowden were already in double figures by the half with 13 and 10, respectively.
Niagara Upsets UB In Men’s Hoops – continue reading…
Joe Licata threw for a school-record 497 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the University at Buffalo football team had its seven-game winning streak snapped by Toledo, 51-41, at the Glass Bowl on Tuesday night.
Toledo (7-3, 5-1 MAC) jumped on the Bulls early and it looked like the Rockets were going to win the game easily. Toledo piled up 350 yards of total offense in the first half and took a 31-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.
But like they’ve done all season, the Bulls bounced back in the second half. Licata threw for 382 yards and all four touchdowns in the second half alone. Trailing 38-0, Licata got the Bulls on the board with a 19-yard touchdown to Fred Lee. The senior receiver had a career game himself finishing with eight catches for 110 yards – both career highs.
Branden Oliver finished with 102 yards rushing, for his sixth straight 100-yard game. The senior running back scored on a six-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 38-14.
After a Toledo field goal, Licata hooked up with his favorite target Alex Neutz on his first of two touchdowns. Licata found Neutz in the corner of the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 41-21 with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter. Toledo answered with a touchdown before Licata connected with Neutz again. This time it was a quick out that Neutz was able to catch, elude two defenders and race 22 yards to the endzone. Neutz finished with eight catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He now owns the school record for touchdowns in a career with 30.
Miserable First Half Costs UB At Toledo – continue reading…
For 30 minutes on Friday night, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team hung with its SEC foe, but the Bulls were badly outscored over the final 10 minutes, 25-6 as they fell to Texas A&M, 82-58. Friday night’s game was the first for head coach Bobby Hurley.
The Bulls got out to a quick start as they built an eight-point first half lead off strong defense and easy looks at the basket. A three-pointer from newcomer Joshua Freelove and a jumper from senior Javon McCrea put the Bulls ahead 25-17 with 6:34 remaining in the opening half. However, from there the Aggies went on a 22-6 run to take a 39-31 lead into the half.
Buffalo fought its way back as it opened the second half on an 8-1 run, capped off on a three-pointer from junior Will Regan, but the Aggies again found a six-point lead at, 48-42. But the Bulls answered one more time, scoring seven straight points, the final three capped off on a fast-break steal and thunderous dunk from Freelove, who was fouled in the process. The run gave the Bulls a 49-48 lead, but it would be their final lead of the night. Texas A&M scored five straight points to regain the lead. Sophomore newcomer Justin Moss than scored two points on a dunk with 9:48, which proved to be UB’s final field goal of the night. The Bulls scored four final points from the free throw line.
“I thought we did a pretty good job defensively in the first half,” said Hurley. “We just had some breakdowns late in the half and there is big difference heading into the locker room down two or up two and then down eight and we just didn’t play well over the final three minutes. Offensively, our guys are still learning the new system and our field goal percentage wasn’t nearly where we would have liked it to be tonight.”
2nd Half Dooms UB Hoops In Season Opening Loss – continue reading…
The national honors continue for University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack as he has been invited to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Mack joins Gerry Philbin (1964) as just the second UB player to earn an invitation to the prestigious game.
The Senior Bowl is college football’s premier senior showcase event. It annually features the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
“This is a special honor for Khalil, his teammates and our football program,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “Khalil is a high-achieving person in his personal life, as a football player and as a student and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Mack leads Buffalo with 59 tackles (34 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three interceptions. He leads the Mid-American Conference in tackles for loss and sacks. He currently ranks third in NCAA history with 67.5 career tackles for loss and his 13 career forced fumbles is one shy of the NCAA record.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on January 25, 2014 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.
Posted on November 6, 2013 by Patrick Moran
When it comes to their sports teams Buffalo has been screwed over more times than most care to remember, so don’t expect sympathy for Ohio to seep out of Western New York. Still, that doesn’t change the fact a call last night at UB Stadium that benefited Buffalo wasn’t arguably the worst in the history of college football, if not any sport ever played.
With UB leading Ohio Tuesday night, 7-3 early in the third quarter of a nationally televised game, Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton took a snap at his own 22 yard line and proceeded to run backwards for his life as a trio of Bulls defenders, including Khalil Mack chased in hot pursuit. Tettleon threw the ball away, not past the line of scrimmage and the play was ruled a safety after the referee determined the play occurred with Tettleton in possession of the ball in the end zone.
As you, or anyone with a functional set of eyes can see, the play should not have been a safety. In fact, it wasn’t even close. Tettleton clearly gets rid of the ball on about the four yard line. I mean, I could see if the ball was inside the one, but multiple yards out with the referee, as evidenced by the photo having a clear view of things?
By rule, the spot of the throw wasn’t reviewable and the call stood. How that happens in this day and age of football and technology is completely beyond me.
UB would go up, 9-3 and score on their ensuing possession en route to a 30-3 shellacking of the Bobcats. It’s great for Buffalo and the Bulls almost certainly would’ve eventually pulled away regardless of the play as they were clearly the better team on this night, but holy horrendous call, Mr. Referee guy.
The University at Buffalo football team saved its best all-around performance of the season for the national stage as the Bulls defeated Ohio, 30-3, at UB Stadium on Tuesday night on ESPN2 in a showdown of two 6-2 teams. Branden Oliver set a Division I era school record with a career-best 249 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Bulls to their seventh straight win.
Oliver outgained the entire Ohio team as the UB defense held the Bobcats to a season-low 233 yards of total offense. It was his fourth career 200-yard game.
“I just knew that these kids were ready to play, and they certainly showed that out on that football field for four quarters,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “I thought our defense again came up big, Bo (Oliver) had more yards rushing than they had in total offense, which says a lot about our football team. If you have a great defense, you have a chance to win a lot of football games, and that has been the formula for our success right now.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulls did what they’ve done all season – capitalized on a forced turnover.Khalil Mack forced and recovered a fumble and the Bulls drove 72 yards on just six plays for the game’s first score. Oliver took the direct snap and scored from two yards out with 12:24 left in the second quarter to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead.
Ohio kicked a late field goal to make the score 7-3 and bring a quiet first half to an end.
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A day after being named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, University at Buffalo senior linebacker Khalil Mack was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player, on Tuesday.
Mack is one of 16 semifinalists and six linebackers on the list. He is the first player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award.
Mack leads Buffalo with 54 tackles (32 solo), 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three interceptions. Mack leads the Mid-American Conference in tackles for loss and sacks. He currently ranks third in NCAA history with 67 career tackles for loss.
The winner of the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 12, 2013. Three finalists for the award will be announced on November 25, 2013 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Dinner on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
On Monday, Mack was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award – given to the nation’s top linebacker.