BUFFALO, NY - Shannon Evans said that his team likes to have fun. That doesn't necessarily say anything we didn't know as the exciting freshman never wipes the grin off his face.
The Bulls had a whole lot of fun Wednesday night, as UB pounced on Western Michigan with an 84-63 win to improve to 9-0 at home. They had five players in double figures, including two off the bench, Evans and Justin Moss as UB got 34 points off the pine.
"We like to run in transition and have fun," said Evans. "In order to do that, we have to play defense, apply pressure from the point guard position on the defender, and after that, its all fun and games from there."
Hurley made a drastic and loud move early in the first half, removing his entire starting lineup, with hopes of waking them up. It worked. The Bulls shot 51 percent from the floor, including 61.5 percent in the second half.
Between the three balls, driving layups, and offensive rebounds, there was nothing more impressive than the three-man alley-oop play which featured two behind the back passes from Jarod Oldham and Evans, and was finished with a layup by Moss.
"We started out a little flat but we picked it up," said Bulls head coach Bobby Hurley. "The intensity, defensively got better. We got great contributions from a lot of guys... Justin Moss huge game off the bench for us. Shannon, excellent point guard play."
Javon McCrea led the way for the Bulls with 20 points while Evans notched 17 and 7 assists. Moss contributed with a season-high 14 points off the bench.
The Bulls trailed 7-6, six minutes into the game, but never trailed after that and extended their lead to as many as 22. Josh Freelove notched 14 points while Regan was the last Bull in double-figures with 10.
The Bulls improve to 5-2 in MAC play and are currently tied with Ohio for third overall in the MAC. The Bulls will play again Super Bowl Sunday when they travel to Bowling Greet for 2 p.m. tip.