A double-double by Javon McCrea wasn’t enough for the University at Buffalo’s basketball team as they dropped a 63-57 decision to Tulsa before 3,894 at the Reynolds Arena.
McCrea had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Will Regan added 13 points and six boards as the Bulls fell to 5-9. It was a homecoming game for junior center Cameron Downing, who played just down the road at Memorial High School in Tulsa. In 11 minutes off the bench he added five points and four rebounds.
Tulsa (8-6) led, 26-24, at halftime and outscored the Bulls, 37-33, in the second half. They were led by James Woodard’s 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. Tulsa improves to 5-1 at home.
Elsewhere, Billy Baron, fresh off being named the MAAC Player of the Week, looks to carry that momentum into tonight’s game when the Canisius College basketball team hosts Fairfield at 7 p.m. at the Koessler Center (Radio 1400 AM).
Baron averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game last week as the Golden Griffins closed out their run in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic with games against Alcorn State and Detroit. Baron leads the Griffs in scoring (17.8 ppg) and assists (5.4 apg).
Niagara University resumes play in the MAAC when its hosts Marist at 7 p.m. at the Gallagher Center. Niagara has won six of the last nine meetings versus Marist.
In its last start Niagara (5-7 overall, 1-1 MAAC) lost at nationally-ranked Notre Dame on Dec. 21. The Purple Eagles have won five straight at home. Marist brings a 4-9, 1-1 record into the contest.