Texas A&M 82, UB 58
How UB Lost: The Bulls took a step up in class and hung tough for 27 minutes but couldn't overcome the foul predicaments that limited the playing time of Jarod Oldham and Javon McCrea. The score suggests they were outclassed but they weren't.
Turning Point: UB trailed 51-49 when McCrea was hit with his fourth foul with about 12 minutes left. The offense struggled in his absence and soon the snowball started rolling.
Stat Check: UB was outscored 48-26 in the paint and 20-8 off turnovers.
Tough Start: Foul trouble pushed true freshman guard Shannon Evans into 22 minutes of action in his college debut. Against an SEC team. On the road. It wasn't his night. He went 0 for 5 from the field and turned it over a game-high five times. He'll shake it off.
Out of Whack: Will Regan never got it going on the offensive end and became a defensive liability when the Aggies went small and quick. He had one trey and five rebounds in 18 minutes and just never got into the flow.
Impressive: Forwards Justin Moss and Xavier Ford combined for 13 points and nine boards off the bench. The X-Man, a junior, played with a newfound enthusiasm and confidence (and sometimes too much of both) but it looks like this offensive style is to his liking. Moss, a beast, should be a big asset in MAC play.
In the House: All of 4,969 came out to see the first hoops game of the season. That's about one-third of the number camping out in the parking lots awaiting Saturday's football game.
You Know It's a Football School When: The final stat sheet shows six players logging over 40 minutes.
What It Means: That the Bulls aren't going unbeaten in Bobby Hurley's first year as coach. Twenty-seven regular-season games to go.
Next Up: UB's at Niagara Wednesday night. It'll be louder at Taps than it was at Reed Arena (a very nice facility, by the way).
-- Bob DiCesare
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