The University at Buffalo’s men’s basketball team missed out on a chance to finish the regular season of the Mid-American Conference at .500. Now the Bulls must wait to see what happens next.
UB dropped a 76-65 decision to Bowling Green in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Friday night. Buffalo thus finished the MAC campaign at 7-9, with an overall record this season of 12-19.
The MAC still has four games on the schedule for today, which will conclude the league’s regular season. Once those games are wrapped up, the seedings for the conference tournament can be established. UB will be home on Monday night for a first-round game against an opponent to be determined. The Bulls still could play either Central Michigan, Northern Illinois or Miami (Ohio).
Friday’s game got away from the Bulls in the second half. UB had a 35-32 lead after 20 minutes. The lead was as high as eight points, 33-25, with about three minutes left in the half. The Falcons scored the final five points of the half to reduce the margin.
The Falcons then needed fewer than four minutes to take the lead on a Cameron Black jumper. Black’s free throw put Bowling Green ahead, 43-42, and UB couldn’t get the lead for the rest of the game.
The surprising scoring leader for the Bulls was Cameron Downing. The center had 17 points in only 19 minutes while coming off the bench. Downing was 7 for 9 from the field.
Javon McCrea had 15 points for UB. Tony Watson II had 14 points while Jarryn Skeete added 13; those two players were in the game for all 40 minutes.
Jordon Crawford – the team’s leading scorer this season – paced the Falcons with 26 points. He was 9 of 13 from the field, including three three-pointers. A’uston Calhoun added 15 points while Black had 13.
Both teams shot about 49 percent from the field. Buffalo had 16 rebounds to Bowling Green’s nine, which helped the Falcons take 10 more shots in the game.
Bowling Green finished 13-18 on the season, and 7-9 in the MAC. The win ended a two-game losing streak.
Senior Day at Bona
The St. Bonaventure basketball team will be looking back and ahead this afternoon at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies will host Fordham at 4 p.m. It’s Senior Day, and that means Demitrius Conger, Eric Mosley, Chris Johnson and Michael Davenport will be honored for their contributions to the team.
St. Bonaventure is more concerned with winning its final regular-season game. It would wrap up a spot in the Atlantic 10 postseason tournament, which is something of a scramble as the teams try to improve their seeds for the tournament. The Bonnies enter the game in a four-way tie for ninth place in the conference at 7-8; 12 teams qualify for the postseason tournament.
A win would move St. Bonaventure above .500 for the regular season. It comes into the game at 14-14.
The Bonnies haven’t played the Rams this season. Fordham takes a 6-24 record, 2-13 in the conference, into the game.