The Buffalo Bulls basketball programs tipped off around the same time this afternoon, with the Men at home against William and Mary while the women were facing Drexel in a neutral site game.
Buffalo Men outpace the Tribe
The crowd in Amherst got to see Jayvon Graves drop 24 points to pace the Men to a 88-77 victory.
It was a back and fourth game for the first ten minutes. The Bulls and Tribe traded the lead several times, and neither built a lead larger than five until the Bulls went on a 9-0 run to take a 31-21 lead.
The UB lead would hold at about 10 points until a Tribe run in the second half pulled William and Mary to within four. The Bulls maintained that two score lead in a back and fourth battle until they started to pull away on a Jayvon Graves three point shot six minutes into the second half.
From there UB kept the tribe down, never letting them really threaten.
In addition to Graves’ numbers, Davonta Jordan had 18 points with five rebounds and seven steals and Antwain Johnson added 11 points. Rounding out double digits scorers Josh Mballa had 10 points and eight boards.
UB is now 5-2, and will go on the road to face Vanderbilt this Tuesday.
Women Win on Day one of the Hawk Classic
The women snapped a two game skid by downing Drexel 63-59 to open up the Hawk Classic.
Dyaisha Fair racked up 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Senior Theresa Onwuka added 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Drexel came out hot, taking an early 8-4 lead but a 7-0 UB run gave the Bulls a lead 11-8 lead and UB would lead 11-10 at the end of the first.
It was a lead UB would not surrender though Drexel would open the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run to cut the UB lead to 55-54 at the 5:58 mark. Then another late run to close to 61-59 with 20 seconds left but UB was solid at the stripe managing to put the game away.
With the win the UB women are 6-2, their next game is tomorrow at noon against American.