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NCAA Basketball - Buffalo Bulls at Robert Morris Colonials

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Game 7: UB at Robert Morris
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Date - December 7rd Record: 2-5,0-0
Time - 1:00 PM
League: NEC
Venue - Sewall Center RPI - 232

Given the amount of road games It seems like the Bulls might forget where Alumni Area is located. More than three weeks ago UB opened their season with a home game against South Dakota State but have not played in front of a UB crowd since.

Due to the cancelled game against Montana State the Bulls are nearing the end of a six game road trip.

Last time out UB was down two players, got off to a slow start, and Saint Bonaventure made them pay by burying the Bulls in the first half. Despite a good second half UB was unable to close the gap, eventually losing by nine points.

Despite being up by 2 against Youngstown State Robert Morris fell to the Penguins by a score of 89-81 on Tuesday.

The game was tied at 75 with 2:34 left but after a pair of Shawn Amiker free throws Keene drilled a 3-pointer to open a 5-point lead and the Penguins made 9 of 10 from the line down the stretch to ice it. Robert Morris was led by Jones' 21 points, including four 3-pointers.

These two teams met in Amherst last season. UB outscored Robert Morris 43-28 in the second half to pull away from what was a tie game at intermission. The Bulls put the game away on a 13-0 run which started at the 11 minute mark and ended with a 66-52 UB lead with six minutes remaining.

Players to Watch
Xavier Ford

Any doubt how important Ford is to UB was removed last week when the Bulls were without the senior forward. Last year as a junior he played 29 games, starting 17 of those contests, including 16 straight prior to the final game of the year.

So far this season Ford has been averaging 6 rebounds per game. He adds about four points and two blocks. All this is on 16 minutes of work off the bench.

Lucky Jones

Jones is a long, athletic forward with the ability to score and rebound. He is especially solid on the defensive boards and started the year just 90 rebounds shy of becoming all-time program leader for the Colonials.

Last year he was 2014 All-Northeast Conference Second Team and  2014 All-Northeast Conference Tournament Team. So far this season 12 points and five rebounds a game.