Quick Hits: wrestling season concludes, basketball picks up pivotal conference victories
Wrestling (5-14, 0-8 Mid-American Conference)
The wrestling team ended its season with a loss at Northern Illinois 26-10. This was the last time seniors Max Soria and Wally Maziarz would wrestle in a Bulls singlet. The Huskies started strong, winning four points in a row, but back-to-back victories from freshmen Colt Cotten and Jason Estevez cut the Buffalo deficit. Despite Buffalo’s run, Northern Illinois rallied off three straight wins and five of six overall.
Cotten was the first Bull to get some points on the board after the Bulls were down 4-0. He gave the Bulls three much-needed points after a 9-4 decision victory. Redshirt freshman Jason Estevez was a standout for the Bulls, putting up one of his best matches so far, beating his opponent 8-3 decision victory.
Men’s basketball (17-9, 8-6 MAC)
The Bulls played in two pivotal conference matchups last week, defeating both Eastern Michigan on Wednesday 78-63 and Bowling Green 68-56 on Saturday.
The two victories put the Bulls two wins above a .500 record in conference play.
Junior forward Justin Moss led the Bulls in scoring in Wednesday’s showdown with Eastern Michigan with 15 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Shannon Evans led the bulls in assists with three.
On Saturday’s game, Evans led the Bulls with 19 points. Moss and junior guard Jarryn Skeete were close behind with 15 points each. Senior forward Xavier Ford finished with 6 points in Saturday’s victory.
The Bulls’ next game is on Tuesday night against Akron (17-10, 8-6 MAC). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball (15-9, 8-5 MAC)
The Bulls split a two-game home stand this week, defeating Kent State Wednesday night and losing to Miami Ohio Saturday. The Bulls picked up a close 59-57 win against the Golden Glashes that came down to the wire, but were unable to top last place Miami Ohio – falling by a score of 78-68.
Junior guard Mackenzie Loesing dropped 19 points on Wednesday against Kent State. She also grabbed three rebounds and had four steals. She added a game-high 25 points in the loss on Saturday.
The team has four games remaining in conference schedule, and will take on first-place Ohio (21-4, 12-2 MAC) on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Women’s tennis (2-3)
The Bulls split their two home games this weekend, losing to ASA (3-0) 4-3 on Friday and defeating Youngstown State (5-6) 6-1 on Saturday.
Buffalo defeated ASA in all three doubles matches, but were unable to duplicate their success in singles play. The Bulls only won two singles matches, headlined by senior Laura Fernandez, who won after two sets went into a tiebreaker.
On Saturday, the Bulls won every match except Tanja Stojanovska’s match to begin singles play. Buffalo then rallied off five straight singles victories to secure the win.
The team’s next match will be Friday, Feb. 27 when it takes on Duquesne (5-4). The match is set for 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (7-3)
The men’s tennis team also played two games at the Miller Tennis Center this weekend, defeating Niagara (2-3) 6-1 on Friday and Youngstown State (2-5) 5-2 on Saturday.
The Bulls swept Niagara in doubles play and only took one singles defeat. On Saturday, Buffalo won two of three doubles matchups and were victorious in the last four singles matchups en route to a decisive victory over Youngstown State.
The team will ride its three-game winning streak into Princeton, New Jersey when it takes on Monmouth (3-3) on Feb. 28. The match is set for 6 p.m.
The team’s VMI tournament was canceled this weekend. The Bulls’ next game will be next Saturday at noon when they open up a four-game series against Bucknell (3-1).
The Bulls haven’t played since their 15-6 loss against Ohio State in the Maverick Invitational. Their next game is on Friday against Kennesaw State. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.