Senior Javon McCrea wrote his name into the record book on Saturday, becoming the career scoring leader for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball.
McCrea scored 31 points and had 11 rebounds as the Bulls picked up their first-ever victory at Kent State, 78-69, at the Memorial Athletics and Convocation Center. UB had lost its previous 16 visits to Kent.
“This is a difficult place to play, but I am proud of the effort our guys put out there today,” Bulls coach Bobby Hurley said.
McCrea surpassed Rasaun Young and now has 1,920 career points. Buffalo improved to 16-8 overall and 10-4 in the Mid-American Conference.
The Bulls have four regular season games left, beginning at Ohio University on Wednesday. UB is in first place in the MAC East while Ohio and Akron are each 9-5 following the Bobcats’ 66-50 win over the Zips on Saturday.
McCrea scored the first three points of the half, which tied him for the record, but at the 17:28 mark, he tipped in a Joshua Freelove miss, giving him the scoring milestone.
It was his second 30-point performance of the season and tied his season high set in the second game of the season.
All-time, he’s now 16th in the MAC in scoring.
Will Regan added 15 points for UB while Justin Moss had 12.
Meghan McGuinness and Victoria Rampado had 20 points each as Niagara beat Monmouth, 85-57.
Rampado was 8 of 16 from the floor, 4 of 4 from the free-throw line as the Purple Eagles improved to 9-18, 7-11 MAAC.
McGuinness made 6 of 10 three-point attempts.
Bowling Green hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final minute of the game to beat the University at Buffalo, 73-63, before 1,495 on Alumni Day at Alumni Arena.
The game featured five ties and 18 lead changes. Mackenzie Loesing and Alexus Malone combined for 22 points for the Bulls (15-10, 8-6 MAC).
UB led, 57-56, with 4:20 to play, but missed its next eight shots. Bowling Green’s 11-0 run put the game away.
Chelsea Bowker had a game-high 19 points as St. Bonaventure held on to beat visiting George Mason, 57-53. Hannah Little grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 12 points for Bona (21-8, 10-4 Atlantic 10).
Canisius College was held to two field goals during a 9-minute stretch of the second half and lost at Iona, 69-52.
The Griffs drop to 11-16 overall and 7-11 in the MAAC.
Crystal Porter had a career-high 23 points for Canisius.