#UBTop10: The top-10 moments in Buffalo sports over break
Men's basketball has emergence of a new star, women's basketball sets record and football staff named
While most of Buffalo’s student body was at home relaxing over winter break, the Bulls’ student-athletes were hard at work. Here are the top-10 moments in UB Athletics you may have missed due to shoveling and hot chocolate.
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10. Women’s tennis wins opening match against St. Bonaventure
The women’s tennis team started its season with a dominant victory over the Bonnies. Buffalo won the match, 6-1, behind a powerful doubles victory by freshman Tanja Stojanovska and junior Dayana Agasieva.
9. Moss sets career high against Miami Ohio
Junior forward Justin Moss has been one of the Bulls’ most efficient players this season, but his Jan. 17 performance against Miami Ohio was perhaps the best individual output by any Mid-American Conference player this season. Moss registered a career-high 31 points and 15 rebounds to help the Bulls defeat the RedHawks, 77-68.
8. Bulls led No. 6 Wisconsin at half
The Bulls traveled to Madison, Wisconsin as 21-point underdogs to play then No. 6 Wisconsin in a non-conference matchup. The Bulls lost the game, 68-56, but held a 27- 26 lead at halftime. It was the lowest scoring output in the first half by a Buffalo opponent all season to date.
7. Football coaching staff hired
New head football coach Lance Leipold announced his full coaching staff over break. On December 3, Leipold announced Brian Borland, Andy Kotelnicki, Daryl Agpalsa and Chris Cosh as the defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and defensive line coach, respectively. On December 15, D.J. Volotek was named the defensive backs coach after a stint as head coach at FCS Missouri State. Leipold ended his career at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with his sixth Division-III national championship on Dec. 19.
6. Kristen Sharkey nets 1,000 points
The Buffalo senior scored her 1,000th career point against Ball State January 17. Sharkey scored 17 points in the game and grabbed 13 rebounds in Buffalo’s 53-43 victory. Sharkey was later named Big 4 Player of the Week.
5. Mackenzie Loesing scores her 1,000th career point as well as 100th 3-pointer
Keeping up with the trend of career milestones, junior guard Mackenzie Loesing hit her 100th 3-pointer and also netted her 1,000th point in a loss to Central Michigan January 7. Loesing led the Bulls with 24 points and sank four 3-pointers – a season-best for the guard.
4. Men’s basketball remains perfect at Alumni Arena
For the first time in more than 10 years, the men’s basketball team has begun the season 7-0 at Alumni Arena. The Bulls are averaging 73.3 points per game this season, including 80.7 points per game at home. The Bulls have six remaining home games –and could record the first undefeated home record in program history.
3. Camaria Long and Mike Morgan set school track & field records
Long, a junior sprinter, broke the program’s women’s 60-meter record by clocking 7.57 seconds in the preliminaries of Cornell’s Upstate Challenge. In the heptathlon, junior Mike Morgan broke his previous record of 5,766 by six points.
2. Moss leads MAC in scoring and rebounds
Before the season, the question around the Bulls was who would replace Javon McCrea’s 18.5 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game – both good for No. 2 in the conference. Junior forward Justin Moss has been the answer.
Moss leads the MAC in both points and rebounds. He is averaging 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game so far this season, and has scored in double-figures for the past 12 games.
1. Justin Moss named to National Watch List
Junior forward Justin Moss was one of 40 players named to Lou Henson’s mid-season watch list. The Lou Henson Award is given to the nation’s top Mid-Major player. Moss is only one of three Mid-American Conference players to make the list.