Improvement is coming in little bits for UB Men's Basketball, but against a lesser team in North Carolina A&T this evening, the Bulls got it done thanks to strong work from the line and on the offensive glass
UB shot only 9-33 from the floor in the first half, including 4-15 from distance, but enjoyed 13 points from the line and 17 offensive rebounds while still seeing a number of rushed and forced shots from Lamonte Bearden. Rodell Wigginton and CJ Massinburg combined to score Buffalo's first 16 points and finished with 24 of the team's 35 first-half points.
The Bulls only found [four] offensive boards in the second half, but that was more thanks to hotter shooting than a change in effort or execution. Jarryn Skeete led the way with five post-half threes to match his career high of six, everyone continued to shoot well from the line, and the points spread themselves out. By the final buzzer, five Bulls had hit double digit scoring.
But for some hot shooting from the Aggies in the first five minutes, this one was never in doubt. Wigginton finished with a double-double, Skeete 18, Massinburg 17, and Bearden 16 despite a continued tendency to shoot from within a crowded lane rather than find open teammates.
The Bulls are back to .500 on the season and advance to face Vermont tomorrow after the Catamounts' win over Niagara earlier today. UB will miss the Purple Eagles for the first time in a season since 1991-92.