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UB-Cornell Game Analysis

UB 68, Cornell 59

How Bulls Won: Mitchell Watt got them going early. Javon McCrea took over late. Big Red had no answers for UB's post players at key junctures of game. Big assist goes to point guard Jarod Oldham. He might not add much in the scoring column this year, and that could be an issue at times, but nine assists against two turnovers is solid work. But team's offensive continuity suffered when Bulls went to bench. It'll take some time to get rotations and chemistry in place.

Turning Point: Game was tied at 46 when McCrea basically said, "Enough of this." He scored 15 of his 19 in the second half, and six of UB's eight after the deadlock at 46.

Player of the Game: Split it between McCrea (19, 10 boards, two assists, three blocks) and Watt (19 points, nine boards, two assists, two blocks).

Stat of the Game I: Bulls went 18 of 22 from the free throw line.

Stat of the Game II: SOTG I enabled UB to overcome a ghastly 20 turnovers.

What It Means: Bulls improved to 2-0, Cornell dropped to 1-2.

News Flash: Tony Watson played 15 minutes in his season debut. He missed opener against St. Peter's after undergoing a knee scope.

Quotable: "I'm keeping the same mindset and just going and playing hard and continue to keep the momentum going or get the momentum started." Titus Robinson on his new role coming in off the bench.

Next Up: UB remains on the Ivy Trail when it visits Princeton Saturday afternoon.

-- Bob DiCesare








UB 68, Cornell 59

Hello from Alumni Arena. It's UB (1-0) against Cornell (1-1) tonight. Bulls beat St. Peter's 72-65, in season-opener. Cornell bounced back from an opening 79-58 loss at Bona with a 76-61 home win over Binghamton.

UB has signed point guard Jarryn Skette, a Brompton, Ont., native currently playing at Bridgton Academy in Maine. Skeete is 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and rated the 39th best point guard prospect by ESPN (for those who put stock in such things). UB already had signed Stan Wier, a 6-3 guard out of East Aurora.

Jarryn Skeete


UB  12-5, 15:07: Blazing start by Bulls. Mitchell Watt has eight points and two assists and has factored in every UB basket. Javon McCrea looked to be headed for SportsCenter when he soared through the lane for a tomahawk jam. But he slammed it off the back rim and Reggie Witherspoon begged without success for a foul. It did look like McCrea was clipped on the arm. ... Tony Watson just checked in. He sat out opener after undergoing an scope on his knee. ... Lighting issue here. Apparently they're not supposed to turn off the lights during the anthem, merely shutter them. Takes 20 minutes for them to kick back on. In the meantime, they're playing on a semi-darkened court.

UB 19-9, 11:12: Filzen hits his first three of the night. Bulls playing with a lot of passion. Let's see if they can sustain it better than they did in opener. Bulls 8 of 13 from field with assists on six of seven baskets.

UB 21-12, 7:39: It's gotten sloppy. Went almost three minutes without a point until McCrea hit a layup off a spin move through the lane. Bulls have made just 1 of last 5 from field. Cornell 5 of 16 on the night. ... Great to see colleague Allen Wilson in the house with Joe Corey.

UB 24=22, 1:45: Hmmm. This is obviously a work in progress. Bulls struggling big time as Witherspoon goes deeper into bench with rotations. Very little offensive flow. Quick shots off one or two passes. Definitely not what Bulls are looking for. Cornell has scored last nine.

HALFTIME: UB 29-24... Watt reenters and scores UB's last five. He has 13.


UB 36-27, 15:59: Bulls score first seven points of half before Cornell counters with a Chris Wroblewski three. Filzen nailed a three, McCrea scored on a follow and Watt dunked off a sweet pass from Barnett during a one-minute flurry.

TIED 41-41 11:07: Bulls really struggling for continuity in their rotations. Backup point guard Tony Watson having a tough night in first game back off knee scope. Big Red on a 7-0 run capped by a Josh Figini jumper that tied. Bulls ultra-sloppy with ball.

UB 46-44, 7:57: PG Jarod Oldham scores his first points of the night off a drive as Bulls inch back ahead. UB already at 19 turnovers for the night. Cornell's zone has disrupted Bulls inside passing game.

UB 58-51, 2:16: McCrea taking over. He has 17, 13 in the second half.

FINAL: UB 68, Cornell 59 ...19 each for Watt and McCrea.

 -- Bob DiCesare



Live from Dwyer Arena: Canisius vs. Niagara

LEWISTON -- And cue the ice rivalry for the 2011-12 season. Niagara hosts Canisius for the first of three games between the schools in Atlantic Hockey this season.

The hockey series dates back to 1997 with Niagara holding a 14-8-1 all-time advantage. Last year, the teams the four meetings with the road team winning each time. The GOlden Griffins have won the last two meetings incluidng a 6-3 win in last year's first round of the Atlantic Hockey Tournmaent.

This year, Canisius (2-5-1, 2-1-1 AH) is struggling offensively, averaging just 18.4 shots a game -- the fewest in the country. The Griffs defense is solid, however, as its 1.75 goals against is the second best in the league.

Niagara (2-4-2, 1-2-1 AH) is averaging 2.5 goals a game, paced by sophomore Scott Arnold who has eight poitns and four goals.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final: Canisius 1, Niagara 1. It is only the second tie in the 14-year history of the series.


And it's time for free hockey in Dwyer Arena. All tied, 1-1. In case you forgot, the goals were scored in the first five minutes of the game.

Third period

Start of the third: For the record, these teams have only gone to overtime twice in their 14-year hockey rivalry. Last year, Niagara won, 6-5, in OT at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. The only other OT game is also the only tie between the two programs, a 3-3 draw on Jan. 24, 2004 in Dwyer Arena. There. I said it.

Second period

Start of the period: Tied, 1-1. Niagara held a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal.

10:38: Still tied, 1-1. Canisius is 0-for-3 on the power play and not taking advantage of their opportunities. Coming into the game, Niagara was just 10-for-20 (50 percent) on the penalty kill at home.

End of the second: Still knotted up, 1-1. A few power play chances for both teams, but neither could capitalize.

First period

18:08: Canisius takes a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Torrey Lindsay, his second shortie of the year.

15:15: And with another chance on the power play, Niagara takes advantage and evens the game at 1-1, tipped in by Giancarlo Iuorio ona shot by Ryan Rashid.

--- Amy Moritz

College Football/Hoops Chat

Live from the Gallagher Center

The Niagara men’s basketball team opens its season against Central Connecticut.

CC lost its opener Friday, 73-69, to Yale in the Connecticut 6 Classic Tripleheader at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

CC has eight returnees from last year’s 19-12 outfit including Northeast Conference Player of the Year Ken Horton, who had 12 double-doubles last year. 

In the Blue Devils’ opener freshman Kyle Vinales had 24 points, while Horton had 21.

Niagara has a young squad with just one senior in Paul Kowalski, a walk-on who has played only nine minutes in three years. Three key returnees from last year’s 9-23 outfit are sophomores.

Should be interesting.

NU starters: Gillette-Green-Tanksley-Mason-Jordan

CC starters: Vinales-McMillan-Efese, Ptacek-Horton

First half

CC; Vinales trey, 19:09 left, CC 3-0

NU: steal Tanksley and Mason finishes it with layup, 18:35 left, CC 3-2 lead

C: Vinales layup, 18:10, CC 5-2

C: Efese layup, 17:45, CC 7-2

C: Missed trey NU, and Vinales layup and fouled, 17:38, CC 9-2

CC: Vinales hits free throw, CC, 10-2

NU: Mason at line for two 17:20 left, hits both, CC 10-4 lead

CC: Horton putback of Efese miss, 17:00, CC 12-4

Steal CC leads to Vinales layup, 16:35, 14-4

Timeout NU, 16:35 left. NU likes to play fast historically under Joe Mihalich but they’re trying to go a little too fast. Good timeout so close to media timeout.

After media timeout

NU: Tanksley layup, 15:41, CC 16-6

NU Tanksley putback, 15:10, CC 16-8

C: Vinales layup 14:44 left, CC 18-8 (Vinales has 14 points alrfeady)

C: turnover one end, leads to Vinales layup and foul, 14:32, CC 20-8.

C: Vinales free throw is good, CC 21-8 (Vinales 17 points)

NU: Green fouled on shot. 14:20 left. Hits both free throws.. CC 21-10

C: After NU miss, CC gets rebound and long pass to open Vinales, 13:20, CC leads 23-10

NU: Mason basket, 13:09, CC leads 23-12

CC; Ptcek free throws, to make it 25-12

CC; Horton three-pointer, CC 28-12 with 12:08 left

NU timeout

Media timeout, 11:57 left. C 28-12 leaders

NU: Langford layup, 11:36. CC 28-14

CC: Horton at line 11:22 left and makes both, CC 30-14

NU miss, CC rebound and

CC Ptacek layup, 10:58, CC 32-14

C: Vinales free throw, 10:44, CC 33-14

NU: Green laup and foul, 10:00, CC 33-16

NU: Green misses free throw

CC: Vinales trey, 9:43, open, 36-16

NU: Lemmons trey and foul, 9:24, CC 36-19

NU: Lemmons misses FT

Turnover CC on offense via charge

NU: Green three-pointer, 8:56, CC 36-22

Turnover OB CC with 8:48 left

Timeout CC, 8:48 left

CC: Horton layup, 8:22, CC 38-22

NU: Airball and tie up goes to CC

CC: Ptacek basket via goaltending, 7:20, CC leads, 40-22

NU: Lemmons at line for two, hits both, 7:00 left. CC leads 40-24

CC: Vinales misses a three-pointer. It’s noteworthy because up until this point, he was 9 for 11 from the floor, 2 for 2 from beyond the arc, with 6:32 left.

NU: Jordan at line for one-and-one, 6:19 left. Hits both. CC leads 40-26

CC: Shelton two misses, the second on  block by Gillete.

CC: Horton layup, CC 42-25

NU: Green basket

NU: steal Lemmons, miss Green and dunk by Gillette and foul, 5:11 left, CC leads, 42-30

NU Gillette hits free throw, 42-31

NU Jordan steal and lay up 4:55 left, 42-33

CC: McMillan, 1-2 at line, 4:48 left. CC 43-33

CC: Vinales miss, rebound Niagara and foul CC Ptacek.

U: Jordan at line for two, 4:19 left. Hits both. CC leads 43-35

Pressure defense helping NU comeback; off ball fol CC.

Media timeout 3:53 left. CC leads 43-35.

CC: Vinale three pointer 2:53 left, CC leads 46-35

NU: Jordan at line, hits first, misses second. CC 46-36

CC: Vinales from downtown (too much room for him), 1:26 left, CC 49-36

NU: Green at line wih 1:11 left, hits both. CC 49-38

CC; Allen fouled hard. Think refs called flagrant, with 12.4 left. Vs. Eric Williams of Niagara and he’s been ejected

CC: Allen at line, hits both free throws. CC 51-38, CC still has possession

CC: wild miss

NU: Lemmons three-pointer beats buzzer from 2-3 feet beyond arc.

 HALFTIME: CC leads, 51-41

Second half

NU: Green misses first shot of half.

Gillette picks up his third foul

CC: Vinales trey, 19:12, CC 54-41

NU: Green basket, 18:59, CC 54-43

CC: Horton putback tip, 18:33, CC 56-43

NU: Jordan layup and foul, 18:29. CC 56-45

NU: Jordan hits free throw. CC 56-46

CC; Efese basket, 18:15, CC 58-46

NU: Gillette at line for two, hits both, CC 58-48

NU: Tanksley basket, 16:48 left, CC 58-50 (CLOSEST NU has BEEN IN WHILE)

NU: Gillete basket, 15:53, CC 58-52

Media timeout, 15:35 left. CC 58-52

Four fouls on Vinales. Could open the door for NU.

NU: Jordan long two, 15:06, CC 58-54

NU: Green layup in transition, 14:46 left. CC 58-56

CC: Burbage miss, gets own rebound but called for charge on drive 14:09 left.

Steal cc Simmons and NU Lemmons hustles back to break up seemingly sure two-points, knocking ball OB. Then offensive foul on CC McMIllan (his third, teamlff ball fou)

Spech foul fo CC, off ball, team’s seventh

NU Green at line one and one, 13:@4 eft, hits both, loud cheer as game tied 58-58

CC: Mickell at line for two, misses first, hits second, 13:12, CC 59-58 lead

Turnover OB Langford pass to no one on entry. NU player zigged instead of zagged

CC; Ptacek layup, 12:25, CC 61-58

NU: Lnagford basket 12:05, CC 61-60

NU: Thomas layup on break and place goes crazy, 11:15 left. NU leads 62-61.

Tmeout CC, 11:15

NU: Steal NU Jordan lazy cross court pass and dunk, 10:55 left. NU 64-61 lead

CC; VInales trey, 10:34,  TIED 64-64

NU: Green basket, 66-64, 10:28

TIMEOUT with 10:03 left, NU LEADS 66-64

TIMEOUT with 10:03 lef

NU: Jordan three, 9:55 left, NU 69-64 lead


CC: Vinales two-pointer, 8:45, NU 69-66

NU: Jordan at line one-and-one, hits both, 8:37 left, NU leads, 71-66

CC: Vinales trey, 8:13 left after almost losing ball, 71-68

NU: Thomas basket, NU leads 73-68

CC miss, reb, NU and Jordan draws the fifth foul on Vinales, who tried to draw charge with 7:45 left. Freshman mistake, should’ve just got out of the way. Exits game with 39 points.

NU: Jordan hits both free throws, NU 75-68

Steal in paint NU Jordan hitting deck, slow to get up, but gets up into the play

Five-second call vs. NU with 7:!5 left

CC: Horton at line 6:59 left for one-and-one. Hits both. NU leads 75-70

NU: Tankersly basket, 77-70

CC: Horton three pointer, 6:30 left, 77-73

NU: Mason basket and fouled with 6:25 left, NU leads 79-73.

NU: Mason free throw is good. NU leads, 80-73

CC; Horton turnaround J off glass, 5:51, NU leads, 80-75

CC; steal and McMIllan fouled while going up

CC; McMillan at line with 5:46 left, misses first, misses second, follows shot and gets rebound and fouled with 5:44 left.

CC: McMillan at line for two (both teams in double bonus as Gillette fouls out for Niagara), 5;44 left. Hits both. NU leads 80-77

Bad pass NU Lemmons, CC misses layup, rebound NU

NU: two misses in paint (Mason and Thomas) but ball OB on CC.

NU: Thomas at line for two, 5:04 left. Hits first, misses second. NU leads 81-77

CC: Ptacek trey, 4:51 left. NU leads, 81-80

Turnover NU, foot on line on inbounds and ball to CC

 CC; Mickell layup, 4:21 left, CC leads, 82-81.

Crazy game

Steal CC and ends with Mickell getting friendly bounce on trey, 3:55 left, CC leads 85-81

NU Lemmons miss, Thomas rebound and fouled with 3:39 left

Media timeout 3:39 left, CC leads 85-81

NU: Thomas hits one of two at line, 3:39, CC leads 85-82

10 second violation vs. CC

NU: Jordan miss, lemons losses battle for rebound

Thomas rejects Efese with 2:30 left on close-in shot, NU gets ball

Foul on NU Thomas for pick

CC miss, rebound Niagara

NU mason fouled on baseline drive with 1:54 left

NU: Mason at line, 1:54 left, miss, hit, CC leads, 85-83

CC miss, 1:19 left

45.9 left: CC McMillan hts one of two at line, CC 86-84

NU: Jordan drive and layup, 33.5 left, TIED 86-86

Timeout CC with 3.6 seconds left

Steal Lemmons but can’t get handle and we’re going to overtime

CC: Efese layup, CC 88-86

NU: Thomas tip in, 4:25 TIED 88-88

NU: Mihason at line for three, 4:04 left, hits fvirst two, NU Langford reboud, NU 90=88 lead. ,miss mason, rebound Jordan

NU: Thomas layup and foul off dish from Langford, 3:36 left, NU leads 92-88

NU: Thomas adds free throw, 93-88

NU: Lnagford three, 2:55, NU leads 96-88

CC: PTseck, 2:33, NU 96-90 lead

NU: Green drive and layup off nice Thomas screen,  2:10, 98-90 NU

Tnover ob CC with 2:01 left

CC; PTacek basket

NU: Green two free throws 119 left, NU leads 100-93

Block Thomas leads to free throw chance for NU


 missed ft

NU Thomas, makes it 102-92 with 25 seconds lef

This things over

NU wins it 102-93

---Miguel Rodriguez

Live blog: St. Bona at Canisius

It's the final opener of the season for Big 4 women's hoops as Canisius kicks off its season by host St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies are already 1-0 after knocking off No. 25 St. John's  at St. John's -- just the third win over a ranked opponent in Bona's program history. Senior Jessica Jenkins is 30 points shy of becoming the 19th member of Bona's 1,000 point club.

The Golden Griffisn meanwhile are looking for key contributions from sophomores Jen Morabito and Jamie Ruttle. Ruttle was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year last year while Morabito was an all-rookie team selection.

Oh. And there's free hot chocolate at the Koessler Center tonight courtesy of the Hyatt Regency. And yes, there are marshmellows.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final: St. Bonaventure 74, Canisius 58. Bona wins its 13th straight game over a Big 4 opponent and moves to 2-0 on the season. The Griffs are 0-1.

Second half

18:18 left: Bona extends its lead to 42-28 and Canisius calls timeout. The Bonnies seem to have found their groove on both ends of hte floor. Jenkins hit a 3 to give her 11 points. For the record, Bona has won 12 straight games in the Big 4. Their last loss was  Nov. 14, 2006 at Niagara, 71-64. (Thanks to Jason MacBain of Bona for pulling out that stat for me.)

15:01 left: Bona leads, 44-34. Three-point shooting by the Griffs have kept them in the game as Morabito and Ruttle hit from behind the arc, but the Bonnies are still playing aggressive. Jenkins will be shooting three foul shots out of the time out after she was hit by Morabito who was late getting around a solid screen set by Van Tatenhove.

10:53 left: The Bonnies take a 54-40 lead on a 3-pointer from CeCe Dixon. Van Tatenhove and Jenkins each have 14 points as Bona seems to be in control. But the Griffs are young and battling and not out of contention just yet.

7:36 left: It's raining 3-pointers for the Bonnies who extended their lead to 63-42. Their last four made shots have been 3-pointers, two from Dixon and two from Bowker.

3:03 left: The Griffs are tough. They're driving and getting to the foul line. Bona still holds a 65-52 lead, but Canisius won't go away. A good sign for the Griffs later in the season. The Bonnies, meanwhile, are just a step better.


A physical first half ends with a classic Bona defensive lockdown. Bona holds a 35-26 halftime lead over Canisius.

First half

15:11 left: Canisius leads, 13-11. The Bonnies sprinted to a 7-3 lead but the Griffs went on a 7-2 run. Canisius is hitting its shots and the Bonnies are having difficulty getting around screens and out to the shooters. If the Griffs get confidence with their stroke this could be a high-scoring affair.

11:32 left: Canisius leads, 17-16. Turnovers on both sides but the Griffs were able to run and convert off a few Bona miscues in that segement. A 3-pointer from Chelsea Bowker keyed Bona in that stretch.

7:26 left: Bona leads, 23-17. The Griffs had three straight turnovers out of the last timeout and two missed shots. St. Bonaventure worked its offense for shots, though Jessica Jenkins bailed out the Bonnies with a 3-pointer for the 23-17 lead after her team did nothing but pass the ball around the perimeter for most of the shot clock. 

3:53 left: Bona holds a 25-22 lead. A 3-pointer from Jen Morabito was the key for the Griffs while the Bonnies went cold from the field missing four shots with no offensive rebounds.

--- Amy Moritz

UB-Eastern Michigan Game Analysis

Eastern Michigan 30, UB 17

Game Analysis: The Bulls accomplished their main mission by containing Eastern Michigan’s potent running game. But UB’s defense of the pass was something out of a Twilight Zone episode. And that’s how it was that Eagles QB Alex Gillett completed 10 of 15 throws for 234 yards and his second straight four-TD game. Meanwhile, the Bulls yielded five sacks and couldn’t get their offense back in gear after a 14-point third quarter.

Turning Point: UB had taken their second lead when a mix-up between CBs Najja Johnson and Cortney Lester freed WR Demarius Reed for the11-yard TD reception that put the Eagles ahead to stay late in the third quarter.

Player of the Game: EMU’s Gillett validated his new reputation as a dual threat. He threw for four TDs last week and he did it again to Bulls. In addition to his 234 passing yards, he ran for 89.

Play of the Game: Wideout Marcus Rivers and tight end Aaron Connacher helped create the lane that sprang Bo Oliver for a career-best 68-yard run for UB’s final touchdown. Once Oliver gets in the open field he’s a runaway train.

Stat of the Game I: UB was 1 of 13 on third-down conversions.

Stat of the Game II: The Bulls were 3 of 4 on fourth-down attempts.

 He Said It: “I think what we have to do, myself included, is make football important. Until football is important to us, we’re going to struggle to be consistent.”” – UB QB Chazz Anderson.

In the House: Senior day at Eastern Michigan attracted all of 3,830. Apparently if it’s not Michigan it’s not relevant.

Next Up: Bulls finish out with two division games at home, the first of them Saturday against Akron.

Bob DiCesare


FINAL -- EMU 30, UB 17

UB (2-7, 1-4) vs. Eastern Michigan (5-4, 3-2) at Rynearson Stadium


Awaiting kickoff. Bulls will receive. Sunny skies. Cool and breezy.

Bulls get drive start at own 40 when opening kick goes OB. Possession ends after one first down. Schum punt into wind takes sweet bounce and goes OB at EMU 10. Branden Oliver did not touch ball on first drive.

EMU 3-0, 7:04: Eagles get a 38-yard Kody Fulkerson FG after drive stalls at UB 21. Big play on drive was 34-yard Corey Welch run off a WR screen. QB Alex Gillett ran for 22 yards on five carries.

Bulls can't convert on third-and-1 as Chazz Anderson tackled for a 2-yard loss. EMU drive start on own 31. ... Khalil Mack hurries Gillett into an incompletion on third and seven. Nice punt by Eagles negated by penalty. Bulls pick up some 20 yards on rekick and will start from own 34. ... rEagles a half-yard short of first down as we hit the end of the first quarter. They're at UB 48.


Run up the gut gives EAgles first down at UB 45. Says a lot about your faith in your running game when you take that chance this early. . . . EMU down to UB 26 after an blatant interference call on Isaac Baugh. Eagles picking spots with pass game as UB commits to run. Receivers have been open. In fact, Julius Shelby just dropped a pass in end zone. ... Eagles go back to pass and get another interference call only to have it negated by a hold. Replay down.

EMU 9-0, 11:50: Gillett to Garrett Hoskins from 2 yards out completed 75-yard drive. UB abysmal in pass coverage. Hoskins was open like a store on Black Friday. Conversion kick blocked.

UB just picked up second first down on a nice run by Oliver. That's second first down of game, not of possession. But drive stalls again and Schum punts. Once again offensive line overmatched. UB has 10 rushes for 20 yards. Anderson getting no time in passing game. ... Not sure if we've even seeen safety Josh Copeland today.And CB Najja Johnson wasn't out there last series. I'm told both are OK. Okoye Houston's been playing in Copeland's spot. ... Eagles pick up second sack on third and 7. Anderson under seige. This might sound ugly but believe me, it's worse.

EMU 9-3, :04: Patrick Clarke connects on his first collegiate FG attempt -- from 43 yards -- and Bulls get on scoreboard just before half. Bulls went for broke on drive, going for it on fourth and 5 from Eastern 44 with about a minute left. Anderson picked up yardage after being flushed from pocket.


Bulls began moving ball late by utilizing quick passing attack out of the four-wide. Anderson was 9 of 17 passing for 72 yards. Devon Hughes has three catches for 21 and Oliver two for 27. Gillett is 5 of 9 passing for 59 and has run for 68 on 13 attempts. We need to see more of that from here on out. Ground game is getting nowhere. Defense rebounded after slow start.


Bulls open half by recovering onside kick. But wait. There's a flag. Okoye Houston called offside. It's always something ...

UB 10-9, 8:59: Oliver goes in untouched from the 3, Clarke makes the kick and the Bulls take the lead. Bulls are pulling everything out of the bag: the onside kick, another fourth-down conversion near midfield, an Ed Young run off a double reverse. The challenge Quinn threw at his players late in the second quarter seems to be paying off. The momentum has swung.

EMU 16-10, 8:00: And the momentum has swung back. Demarius Reed takes a dump pass from Gillett and goes 67 yards down the right sideline. Shelby received a key block to take out Cortney Lester and shook off an Isaac Baugh tackle near the 20. And just like that . . .

UB 17-16, 6:35: The Bulls have found something going off right tackle. Oliver heads wide, finds room, hits the open field and its over. The 68-yard TD run is a career long, puts him over 1,000 yards for the season and has the Bulls back in front. The Bulls have made a concerted effort to go wide right this half and Oliver is reaping the benefits. He's at 125 yards and two TDs on just 13 carries.

Eastern Michigan, 23-17, 2:24: Eagles come right back, going 78 yards in eight plays. Yes, we're still in the third quarter. Gillett hits Reed with 11-yard TD pass after mixup between corners Najja Johnson and Cortney Lester. An attempted switch between CBs just before the snap was too late to get Lester into proper position to defend Reed.


Stats after 3: Anderson 14 of 24 for 101. Oliver 13-125-2. Gillett is 9 of 14 for 200 and three TDs. He's run for 79 on 16 attempts.

EMU 30-17, 14:11: Gillett goes back fro Hoskins for his fourth TD pass of the day, this one covering 34 yards. Bulls replaced CBs Johnson and Lester with Joe Petit and Carlos Lammons on this drive, which covered 60 yards. Petit and Houston collided in end zone, enabling Hoskins to snare ball thrown up for grabs.

Anderson has been sacked on each of UB's last two possessions. Last one came after another fourth-down conversion. Eagles have it on own 32 with 10:29 to go. . . . Copeland now in for Houston. Safe to say Bulls dismayed by play of secondary today.

Anderson sacked for third straight possession and fifth time on day. Four-man rush and he never had a chance.

Bulls stopped on fourth down this time. Well, they stopped themselves. Anderson picked up first down on scramble but Fred Lee called for hold. Pass to Rivers ends up 3 yards short. 3:18 left.

It's a final. Scoddy play in secondary and inability of offensive line to protect Anderson killed Bulls over final 17 minutes.

  -- Bob DiCesare



UB @ Eastern Michigan Pregame

Hello everybody from Ypsilanti, Michigan, just outside the football mecca of Ann Arbor. The Bulls (2-7, 1-4) and the Eagles (5-4, 3-2) start at 1:05 here at Rynearson Stadium, a place that quite frankly doesn't do much for me. It certainly doesn't have the feel of Miami or Toledo or Ball State. Just not very visually appealing. But the Eagles do have a practice bubble similar to a golf dome that sits maybe 150 yards off the back corner of one end zone. The athletic facilities here aren't on campus and the programs typically don't draw well. We'll see what kind of crowd they muster up for Senior Day this afternoon

-- Bob DiCesare


Saint Peter's-UB game analysis

Game analysis: UB built an 18-point lead with just over 12 minutes remaining but Saint Peter’s cut that lead to just four with 38 seconds left. The Bulls managed to put the game away with free throws in the final 36 seconds and held on to win, 72-65.

How UB won: The Bulls pulled down 13 of their 16 offensive rebounds in the first half and entered halftime with a 36-24 lead. Saint Peter’s, the defending MAAC Tournament champs, shot just 32.3 percent in the first half and but the time it found a comfort level offensively it was too late.

Turning point: The Bulls led 52-34 with 12:27 left in the game when Saint Peter’s began pressing full court. The Peacocks didn’t force many turnovers but they were able to slow down the Bulls and knock them off their rhythm. Saint Peter’s got the lead under double figures for good on a Jack Hill layup with 1:41 left and that began UB’s march to the free throw line where they connected on 9 of 12 to finish the game.

Player of the game: Don’t look now, but sophomore Javon McCrea is in the starting lineup. 18 points, six rebounds and four assists on 7-for-10 shooting is a nice way to start the season.

Unsung player of the game: Sophomore Jarod Oldham takes over for Byron Mulkey at point guard and finished with eight points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 36 minutes.

Stat of the game: The Bulls were outrebounded 41-38 and the Peacocks grabbed 19 boards on the offensive glass. Not good for UB.

He said it: “A lot of people look and say, ‘Well, who’s starting?’ and they kind of look at it like the rest of the guys are the backup quarterback like they’re not going to get in. We’re really a lot more concerned about who’s coming off the bench.’’ – UB coach Reggie Witherspoon.

What it means: The Bulls start the season at 1-0 for the sixth time in the last seven years.

In the house: 2,623 at Alumni Arena including former Bulls center Mark Bortz, who is now retired and is working on his MBA at UB.

Next up: 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Cornell at Alumni Arena.

---Rodney McKissic


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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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