UB Tops Canisius

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 12:10 AM EDT

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UB Tops Canisius

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 12:10 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY – (UB) The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team never trailed in an 81-64 win over Canisius at the Koessler Center on Tuesday night. The Bulls shot a season-best 56.9 percent from the field to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Byron Mulkey made his first seven shots of the game en route to scoring a career-high 23 points. The senior point guard added four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Zach Filzen scored 13 points, including three three-pointers. Mitchell Watt added 12 points and six rebounds.
The Bulls shot 64 percent from the field in the first half to take control of the game early. Buffalo took a 23-13 lead midway through the first half. Consecutive Canisius three-pointers cut the lead to four points. But back-to-back steals and breakaway scores quickly pushed the UB lead back to 10. The second steal came from freshman Javon McCrea who went the length of the floor for a thunderous jam.
Mulkey drained a baseline jumper in the closing seconds of the first half to give the Bulls a 42-29 lead at the half.
Canisius (2-2) opened the second half by scoring six unanswered points to cut the Buffalo lead to 42-35. But the Bulls responded with a 10-2 scoring run, capped by a Jawaan Alston jumper, to take a 54-37 lead with 14:20 remaining.
Buffalo’s lead would stay in double-digits for the remainder of the game.
The Bulls dominated the paint, outrebounding the Griffs, 36-25. The Bulls had 11 offensive rebounds and scored 10 second chance points. McCrea had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with seven points, three assists and four steals. Alston had nine points and seven rebounds, including four offensive boards.
“We came into the locker room at halftime and we had one offensive rebound. Now we were shooting it really well, but we didn’t want to rely on just shooting it really well,” head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. “We wanted to be prepared to get offensive rebounds. Down the stretch, we really came up with some big offensive rebounds. Those are plays that some people overlook.”
The 17-point victory tied the largest ever by a UB team over a Canisius squad. The Bulls also defeated Canisius by 17 points during the 1915-16 season.
Buffalo will remain on the road and play at Indiana State on Saturday afternoon.