Tonawanda News


January 16, 2013

UB falls despite big night for Javon McCrea


Tonawanda News — One trend has held true for the Bulls this year: when they score points, they win games. Buffalo is 4-1 when it scores 70 or more points this year and 1-11 when scoring fewer.

The Bulls could not get going on offense, however, because they could not find any rhythm from beyond the arc, finishing 3 for 22 from downtown. Senior sharpshooter Tony Watson struggled mightily and finished 1 for 12. Watson started the year 24 of 50 (48 percent) from three-point range but has shot 4 of 29 (14 percent) since.

"I thought we were getting good looks, but they just weren't dropping," said freshman point guard Jarryn Skeete, who totaled nine points but went 0 for 4 from three-point range. "We need to work on it more."

Witherspoon said his team will shoot the long ball better when the guys start passing better, but right now, they aren't passing well enough. The Bulls amassed twice as many turnovers as the Flashes —20 for Buffalo to Kent's 10.

Buffalo trailed 40-36 at the break despite 21 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals from McCrea. The Bulls had won the past four games against the Golden Flashes in Alumni Arena and, prior to Wednesday, had not given up more than 67 points to any opponent at home this year. Randal Holt (27 points) and Chris Evans (25) paced Kent State.

This is UB's first 0-3 start in conference play since the 2002-03 season. The Bulls started last season 1-2 in the MAC but finished 12-4. In 2010-11, they started 0-2 and finished 8-8. McCrea's previous career high of 31 points came in a win at Milwaukee on Dec. 5.

Buffalo will be back at home to play Bowling Green (6-10, 1-2 MAC) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Follow reporter Aaron Mansfield on Twitter @aaroncmansfield.

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