Evans’ 24 lead UB past Texas-Arlington, 74-68

By Nick Veronica

Shannon Evans had 24 points and five rebounds to lead UB past Texas-Arlington, 74-68, Tuesday night in the Bulls’ first game since hanging tough with No. 1 Kentucky.

nybuffalologoWill Regan added 15 points for UB while Jarryn Skeete had 13. Point guard Lamonte Bearden played 23 minutes before fouling out with eight points and seven rebounds.

UB led at halftime, 35-31, and never trailed in the second half while improving to 2-1. Teams shot nearly identical percentages from the field — 38.9 for UB, 38.8 for UT-Arlington — but the Bulls were able to get to the free-throw line 31 times, hitting 24.

Erick Neal scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Mavericks, whose reserves outscored their starters, 43-25.

Xavier Ford led UB with eight rebounds while playing 20 minutes off the bench.

Starters: UB – Lamonte Bearden, Shannon Evans, Jarryn Skeete, Will Regan, Justin Moss.

Next: UB hosts Montana State at 7 p.m. Friday.

UB hangs tough with No. 1 Kentucky

By Nick Veronica

UB led No. 1 Kentucky at halftime Saturday at Rupp Arena but was overmatched in the second half on the way to an 71-52 loss.

ublogoJunior guard Jarryn Skeete kept Buffalo in the game early and led all players with 16 points, including 4 of 6 from three-point range.

Skeete’s jumper with 14:21 to go put UB ahead 45-43, but the Bulls (1-1) went cold shortly after and were outscored 28-7 the rest of the way. The halftime score was 38-33 Bulls.

Kentucky was led by freshmen Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles, who each scored 12 points off the bench. Kentucky’s bench outscored its starters, 45-26. Rebounds were 46-27 in favor of the Wildcats.

Kentucky spends nearly nine times more on its men’s basketball program than UB does. According to the Department of Education, Kentucky spent $16,198,525 last year to UB’s $1,848,705.

UB’s Justin Moss threw down a huge dunk over Kentucky stud Willie Cauley-Stein late in the first half. Deadspin’s headline was “Willie Cauley-Stein Gets Posterized By Some Dude From Buffalo.”

Starters: UB – Will Regan, Justin Moss, Jarryn Skeete, Lamonte Bearden, Shannon Evans. Kentucky – Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison.

Next: UB goes to UT-Arlington for an 8 p.m. contest on Tuesday.

UB holds on for opening win, 69-67 over South Dakota State

By Nick Veronica

Jarryn Skeete scored a go-ahead layup with 41 seconds left and UB’s defense held on to beat South Dakota State, 69-67, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Alumni Arena.

ublogoJunior forward Justin Moss scored a career high 25 points and completed the double-double with 13 rebounds, but fouled out with 3:45 remaining.

The Jackrabbits’ Jake Bittle scored the last of his team-high 16 points with 1:06 to go, which put South Dakota State ahead 66-65.

Shannon Evans missed a three-pointer on UB’s ensuing possession, but Skeete would later score to put the Bulls ahead for good. UB’s defense came up with two steals in the final minute and Evans made enough free throws to get the win.

The final minute of regulation lasted more than 15 minutes.

Jackrabbits forwards Cody Larson and Zach Horstman both recorded double-doubles. Larson had 15 points and 15 rebounds while Horstman scored 13 and collected 12 boards.

UB freshman guard Lamonte Bearden started and had six assists along with eight points on 2 of 7 shooting. Forward Will Regan played 30 minutes but took just one shot, missing it. He made four free throws.

UB was 1 of 9 from three-point range.

UB starters: Regan, Evans, Bearden, Skeete, Evans.

Next: Sunday at #1 Kentucky, noon, ESPNU.

Big 4 teams to wear Buffalo Braves throwbacks

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By Nick Veronica

The Big 4 doubleheader on Nov. 29 will have a unique twist: all four schools will wear Buffalo Braves throwback uniforms.

The Braves were an NBA team in Buffalo in the 1970s. They are now the Los Angeles Clippers.

Canisius will wear “Columbia blue” uniforms, St. Bonaventure will wear orange, UB will wear solid white with the light blue trim and Niagara’s jerseys are white with a purple stripe — something their athletic department insisted on.

“They weren’t so excited about the short shorts,” Canisius athletic director Bill Maher joked about the response from his athletes. He said the shorts will be a tad shorter than usual but not 1970s short.

UB coach Bobby Hurley, a former Duke star, said the shades of blue used were un-Carolina enough for him.

UB picked 4th in MAC East; Regan preseason division selection

By Nick Veronica

ublogoUB was picked to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference’s six-team East Division, the conference announced today in its 2014-15 preseason poll.

The Bulls were not one of six teams to receive a vote for MAC tournament champion.

Senior forward Will Regan was selected to the East Division’s preseason team.

The selections were made by a 20-member media panel. Here are the full polls:

East Division 
1. Akron – 117 points (17 1st Place)
2. Ohio – 92 (2)
3. Kent State – 66
4. Buffalo – 58
5. Bowling Green – 52 (1)
6. Miami – 35

West Division
1. Toledo – 118 points (18 1st Place)
2. Western Michigan – 94 (1)
3. Eastern Michigan – 68
4. Northern Illinois – 63
5. Central Michigan – 49 (1)
6. Ball State – 28

Tournament Champion: Toledo (15), Akron (1), Bowling Green (1), Central Michigan (1), Ohio (1), Western Michigan (1)

East Division Preseason Team
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Sr., F, Akron
Richaun Holmes, Sr., F, Bowling Green
Will Regan, Sr., F, Buffalo
Kris Brewer, Kent State, Sr., G, Kent State
Maurice Ndour, Sr., F, Ohio

West Division Preseason Team
Chris Fowler, Jr., G, Central Michigan
Karrington Ward, Sr., F, Eastern Michigan
Julius “Juice” Brown, Sr., G, Toledo
Justin Drummond, Sr., G/F, Toledo
David Brown, Grad., G, Western Michigan