Balanced Scoring Leads Bulls To Big Win Over Notre Dame College, 84-64
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo men's basketball team opened Friday night's contest on a 17-2 run and never looked back as the Bulls defeated visiting Notre Dame College, 84-64, at Alumni Arena. Nine different UB players entered the scoring column, including four in double figures.
The Buffalo big men had their way down in the post as Will Regan, Javon McCrea and Cameron Downing combined for 49 points, missing just seven shots combined between the three. McCrea, who was held to just five points over his last two games, scored 17 this evening in 20 minutes of action. The Newark, NY native added five rebounds, three assists, five blocks and two steals. Regan finished with his fourth double figure scoring performance in his last five games, with 15 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.
The highlight of the evening though was Downing, who finished with a new career high 16 points in 17 minutes, continuing his effectiveness on offense. Downing went 6-for-8 from the floor and is now shooting 74.2 percent from the field on the year.
Not to be forgotten is the play of the Buffalo backcourt, who navigated their way through a full court press that existed nearly the entire game. Freshman Jarryn Skeete, making his second straight start at point guard, finished with a career-high 10 points, adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while turning the ball over just once. Senior Tony Watson added six points, but it was his passing that stood out as he finished with a career-best eight assists. Fellow classmate Richie Sebuharara made his first career start and finished with five points and three assists.
Junior Auraum Nuiriankh added nine points, four assists, three rebounds and a career-best two blocked shots.
As a team, the Bulls moved the ball well all evening, recording 26 assists on 31 made baskets. Buffalo recorded assists on each of its first 14 baskets on the evening. The 10 blocked shots by the Bulls are tied for sixth in school history for blocks in a game. The Bulls hit 12 three-pointers, one off their season high.
"I thought ball movement was a little better after we got into a rhythm today," said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. "We passed it well and for most of the game we got pretty good shot selections off that movement."
The Bulls will now head back on the road and open up 2013 on Wednesday night at Tulsa. Tip off is scheduled for 8:05 pm EST. The game is a homecoming for Downing, whose high school is just seven miles from the Tulsa campus.