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NCAA Basketball - Niagara University Purple Eagles at Buffalo Bulls

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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Game 9: UB (6-2) vs Drexel (1-6)
Date - December 19th Last Meeting (2013) -  NU 92 - UB 81
Time - 7:00 PM
Opponent League League: MAAC
Venue - Alumni Arena (Buffalo) Opponent RPI - 201

Buffalo looks to finish Big4 play with a winning record when the Bulls Host the Niagara Purple Eagles on Friday Night. The game will mark UB's first consecutive home games since February of last season and is just the third game to be played in Alumni Arena this year.

Bobby Hurley's team is comping off of a comfortable win over Drexel in which five UB players scored in double figures and Justin Moss collected a double-double. Even those players coming in under 10 points made big contributions to a rapidly improving offense.

Buffalo 80, Drexel 70: Takeaways from the Bulls' Sixth Win of the Year - Bull Run
Bulls fans should be especially enthused by the play of guards Shannon Evans, Jarryn Skeete, and Lamonte Bearden, who combined for 32 points, 17 assists, and just 6 turnovers. The main focus from both the trio and their coach postgame was the development of the offense, which Hurley, while pleased, expects to improve by leaps and bounds by the beginning of conference play.

The win moved the Bulls to 6-2 on the year with their only losses coming on the road in Kentucky and at Saint Bonaventure.

Niagara has been off for almost a week, and the reeling Purple Eagles probably needed the time off. The Purps have not won a game since they bear Saint Peters back in November. If they fail to beat UB this week the club will go more than a month between wins.

In their last game the Purps were all but beaten in the first ten minutes of the game. Davidson scored the first eight points of the game and used a 10-0 run to open up a 22-6 lead midway through the first half. The game went to the half with Niagara down 40-22. In the second half neither team scored until the 15:24 mark in the second half.

Niagara shot just 34.5 percent (19 of 55) from the field and 20 percent (3 of 15) from 3-point range.

Last year Niagara spoiled Bobby Hiuley's first game in Western New York when the downed the Bulls 92-81. A double-double by Javon McCrea was not enough to counter The son of former NBA player Anthony Mason, Antoine played a huge role in the Niagara win with 25 points.

The Bulls couldn't get the job done at the Gallagher Center as they fell to Niagara 92-81. This year UB hopes to do a better job putting away the Purps.

Player Profiles
Bobby Frasco

The freshman comes to UB after serving as a captain for two seasons  at Prospect High School. In his senior season he averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. After winning the conference player of the year award Frasco was chosen to play in the Nike Chicago All-Star game. He came to UB over offers from Elon, Chicago State and Utah State

Frasco is one of the deep bench players for the Bulls. He did not see the floor until the Bulls' 4th game of the season against Canisius. Bobby put in a short span in the two subsiquent games, totaling 5 minutes on the year.

Ramone Snowden

Last season the star freshman played in 30 games and averaged 8.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.2. He grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds against Seton Hall (11/9) for the most by a Purple Eagles since 2011. Last season he had his wai the the Bulls, scoring 15 points, nine of which were free throws.

This year he is second on Niagara in points per game but also has a very healthy eight rebounds per contest. He also has almost two assist per game and a positive AT ratio.