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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









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Bob Dicesare

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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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