Tonawanda News — AMHERST — Javon McCrea scored a game-high 20 points to lead the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team to an 84-63 blowout victory over Western Michigan Wednesday night in front of 3,052 at Alumni Arena.
After a slow start in the opening three minutes, Bulls head coach Bobby Hurley made a wholesale lineup change, bringing an entirely new five-man lineup into the game to replace his starters. Hurley said the team just needed a charge, and that’s exactly what McCrea gave the Bulls when he re-entered the game, bludgeoning the Broncos with a one-man 10-0 run to give UB a lead it would never relinquish.
“We started out a little flat but we picked it up — the defensive intensity got a bit better. We got great contributions from a lot of players tonight, five guys were in double figures,” Hurley said. “Javon was his usual self. If he doesn’t pick up his second foul with seven minutes to go in the first half I think he has an even better game than he did tonight.”
Point guards Shannon Evans and Jarod Oldham combined for 15 assists for the Bulls and only three turnovers. Hurley said that the point guard play for the Bulls has been tremendous.
“It’s what I thought we (were capable of) offensively coming into this year,” Hurley said of his team’s offensive performance against WMU. “I know there are a lot of good players on our team and the attention certain guys get just opens things up for other guys. I thought Shannon and Jarod are really dissecting the defense really well — where they’re finding the open guys in the half court. We got Will (Regan) who can make shots, and there is a lot of players on this team that can make plays on offense. I thought it was maybe our best offensive game of the year.”