Through 12 nonconference games this season, UB Men's Basketball sat 6-6, without either a particularly good win or a particularly bad loss. Tonight's matchup against 5-5 Delaware provided a chance against a theoretically evenly matched foe, but UB's athleticism was too much for the Blue Hens in a 99-79 win.
Willie Conner led the Bulls with 23 points, but the Bulls found a diverse attack, successfully scoring in both the fast break and half court offenses. Four Bulls hit double digits and three more had nine points, UB hit 11 threes, and Bulls combined for 21 assists on the night. Buffalo struggled late as fouls hurt their depth, but made plays when they needed to.
The game was won in the late stages of the first half, when UB proved too athletic for their opponents. The Bulls never really ran away with it thanks to some inconsistent stretches on both ends but maintained a double digit lead throughout the second half. In addition to Conner, David Kadiri's 9 points and 7 rebounds were a pleasant surprise with Blake Hamilton sitting with a concussion. Jarryn Skeete scored 20 on five triples, and Nick Perkins scored 9 to go with 7 rebounds,
Newest Bull Stefan Duric did not see any time for UB. His eligibility status is still unknown to us.
UB will now wait another week for their next game, their MAC opener against Akron, who will come to Alumni Arena as perhaps the most impressive team in the conference through the season's first half.