BUFFALO, NY – (UB Press Release) The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team outscored Mansfield, 50-29, in the first half before cruising to a 76-57 win at Alumni Arena on Saturday night. All 11 UB players scored in the game as the Bulls snapped their three-game losing streak.
Will Regan scored a game-high 15 points, including seven of the Bulls’ first nine points. Javon McCrea added 14 points and seven rebounds in just 17 minutes. Regan and McCrea combined to shoot 12-of-17 from the field. Xavier Ford and Auraum Nuiriankh each added nine points for the Bulls.
Mansfield made its first seven shots from the field and led 25-23 with 9:13 left in the first half. But back-to-back buckets by McCrea and a corner three from Richie Sebuharara sparked a 27-4 scoring run to end the half. It was Sebuharara’s first career basket. The senior finished with five points and two assists in the game.
The Bulls were able to empty the bench in the second half and give every player some significant minutes. Jarryn Skeete had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with three points and four assists. Raphell Thomas-Edwards added five points and three rebounds. Andre McPhail scored the first points of his career with a conventional three-point play. The freshman forward had three points and a rebound in eight minutes.
Corey Raley-Ross had five of the Bulls’ 21 assists in the game. Buffalo outrebounded Mansfield, 37-26.
“We had pretty good energy come off the bench. It got us going and we were able to separate ourselves,” head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. “I thought we moved the ball well and that’s certainly an area we are working on really hard to learn the lesson of not beating ourselves. I think tonight we were decent in that area.”
Buffalo (2-5) will remain at home and host Temple on Wednesday night at Alumni Arena.