Tonawanda News


January 30, 2014

UB routs Western Michigan, 84-63


Tonawanda News — Western Michigan head coach Steve Hawkins called the result of the game “a good, old-fashioned tail-kicking.”

“They got after us after about the first three minutes, and then the rest of the game I thought they were the more aggressive team,” Hawkins said. “They beat us to the ball all night long and McCrea did what he did, and we let him do everything he did and that they like to do. McCrea was a beast inside.”

The Bulls out-rebounded the Broncos, 41-27 for the game and 15-7 on the offensive glass, while forcing 18 WMU turnovers. 

Late in the first half, Evans brought the entire arena to its feet with a spectacular play to give the Bulls a commanding 32-16 lead with about six minutes remaining until halftime. Oldham got out in transition off a defensive rebound and found a streaking Evans in the paint with a behind-the-back pass. Evans then fired a behind-the-shoulder bullet to Justin Moss under the basket for an easy lay up.

Evans said his team likes to have fun on offense, but first everybody has to play well on the defensive end.

“We like to run and transition to have fun — share the ball, like that play where Jarod threw it back to me and I went behind the back to Justin. That was fun to us, everyone was laughing and having fun,” Evans said. “But in order for us to do that we have to play defense and apply pressure from the point guard position on the defender, and after that it’s all fun and games from there.”

UB has now won all nine games at home this season. Other scorers for the Bulls in double figures were Evans (17), Josh Freelove (14), Justin Moss (14) and Will Regan (10). WMU’s Shayne Whittington scored a team-high 13 points for the Broncos.

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