UB Men’s Basketball picked up another win after they defeated Le Moyne, 89-55, on Wednesday night at Alumni Arena. It was the Bulls’ first game since returning from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
By the time the first half ended, Nate Oats looked smart for scheduling a tune up against an NCAA Division II opponent at this particular time. After being across the Atlantic as recently as Saturday, UB looked pretty rusty.
Le Moyne was hot from beyond the arc to start and it can’t be stated enough. The Dolphins rained down on UB from NBA range and then some while UB’s offense was just enough to keep pace. The Bulls struggled to get a lot of easy buckets to fall and the offense seemed all over the place.
The Dolphins somehow went into the visiting locker room tied with the No. 17 team in the country, but like most tune-up games go, Buffalo put floored the gas pedal and it was over.
UB’s shooting kicked into overdrive and was nearly 24 percent better than in their first half. Le Moyne’s hopes were probably dashed because of that, but Buffalo defensive intensity also went up a notch and the Dolphins’ shots stopped falling. This perfect storm for Buffalo resulted in a ferocious 44-7 run.
Several Bulls put up fun stat lines to look at in the box score: CJ Massinburg recorded the second-ever triple-double in UB history in the game with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists; Dontay Caruthers scored 20 on 7-8 shooting; Nick Perkins continued his strong start to the year with 18 points; Jeremy Harris had another great shooting night from beyond the arc and brought in 16 points.
Buffalo’s next adventure will be a trip to Olean, NY to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday in what increasingly looks like a trap game. The Reilly Center is not a fun place to play in as a visiting opponent and has one of the loudest atmospheres that a mid-major can have. That game will tip at 4:00 p.m. and be on ESPN+.