UB 84, Western Michigan 63
Why UB Won: If the Bulls have a better offensive game in them, look out. Just about everything clicked, as evidenced by 24 assists on 33 baskets, five players in double figures in scoring and four in double figures in shot attempts. And they didn't settle, scoring 52 points in the paint. Offensively speaking, it was a January masterpiece.
Turning Point: After watching his starters fire away at will early and miss some easy shots Bobby Hurley temporarily benched every one of them. They returned with a renewed focus and pounded it inside to Javon McCrea, who scored 10 of the game's next 12 points.
Player of the Game: The timeliness of his outburst gives McCrea (20 points, six boards) the slightest edge over freshman guard Shannon Evans (17 points, seven assists). But if you want to argue for Evans, I fully understand.
Stat Check: The Bulls made 1 of their first 9 shots and 32 of their next 55, finishing the game at 51.6 percent.
Stat Check II: Point guards Evans and Jarod Oldham combined for 15 assists against just three turnovers.
Stat Check III: Oldham was the primary guard on David Brown and held the MAC scoring leader to 11 points, more than 7 under his average.
Stat Check IV: This was WMU's most lopsided loss since Jan. 9 of last season.
Mending: Guard Jarryn Skeete missed his second straight game (knee).
What It Means: Teams ideally want to finish in the top 2 and bye into the tournament semifinals. Nos. 3 and 4 bye into the quarterfinals. Everyone else has the to win four times to take the title and the NCAA berth (and good luck with that). At 5-2 the Bulls are tied for third with Ohio, a game behind Akron and Toledo.
In the House: Nice student turnout on a frigid night pushed the crowd to 3,052. There's much room for improvement.
What's Next: UB heads to Bowling Green Sunday for a pre-Super Bowl matchup with the Falcons (9-11, 3-4).
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