#UBTop10: Basketball, Tennis, MAC East Big 4 and more
The top 10 moments in UB sports in the past three weeks
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10. Men’s tennis swept Boston College
The men’s tennis team steamrolled Boston College, going 6-0 in singles and winning 2 of 3 doubles matches on Jan. 31. Despite the loss in the doubles, the Bulls took home all seven points in the victory. It was the first and only sweep for the Bulls this season. Seniors Damien David and Sebastian Ionescu won singles matches in straight sets.
9. Ford named MAC East and Big 4 Player of the Week
In the two games against Western Michigan and Kent State from Jan. 27-Jan. 30, senior forward Xavier Ford averaged 20.5 points, six boards, two assists and 3.5 steals. Ford shot 16 of 23 from the floor over the two-game stretch. During the Kent state game, the forward netted his career-high 25 points, nine of which came from three-point range.
8. Track and Field Records
At Saturday’s SPIRE Division Invitational, the Bulls broke two school records. Senior Emma Siuciak broke the school’s high jump record at 1.78 meters. Junior distance runner Tyler Scheving broke the school’s 800 record previously set by himself with a time of 1:50.09.
7. Alexis Curtiss named MAC East Player of the Week
Senior catcher Alexis Curtiss was named MAC East Player of the Week this past week for her play over the weekend. She accumulated a .562 batting, hitting five doubles out of her nine hits.
6. Women’s Basketball reaches four straight wins
The women’s basketball team came off their win at Northern Illinois on Jan. 24 to win three more against Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Bowling Green. Senior forward Kristen Sharkey led all games in scoring for the Bulls. The team is now 14-9 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-American Conference.
5. Kristen Sharkey named Big 4 Player of the Week
Sharkey was named Big 4 Player of the Week after an exceptional stretch of performances for the Bulls. Sharkey averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over a two-game stretch in the previous week.
4. Justin Moss reaches career-high in points
Junior forward Justin Moss bagged a career-high 33 points against Toledo on Feb. 10 in Buffalo’s 88-92 loss. Moss was 14 of 23 from the field against the Rockets and converted all five of his attempts from the charity stripe. Moss also grabbed 10 rebounds.
3. Xavier Ford scores career-high
In Buffalo’s 80-55 rout of Kent State, Xavier Ford was on fire, netting 25 points against the golden flash, 17 of which came in the first half. Ford shot 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and was 9 of 14 overall. Ford, who started the season coming off the bench, has been a mainstay in the starting lineup since Jan. 27 against Western Michigan.
2. Alumni Arena nearly sells out in nationally televised game
On Jan. 30, the Bulls played against Kent State at Alumni Arena in front of an announced crowd of 5,797. The crowd was the largest attendance at Alumni Arena since 2010 when Buffalo took on BYU.
The game was also aired on ESPNU. The Bulls outscored conference-leading Kent State by 25 points in the victory.
1. Moss named as candidate for first-ever Karl Malone Award
Moss has been nominated to the first-ever Karl Malone Award List, which recognizes the best Division I power forward in the country. Moss is one of 16 players on the list, joining the nation’s elite power forwards such as Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kansas’ Perry Ellis and Baylor’s Rico Gathers.
Moss is averaging 18.7 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game, leading the conference in both categories.