The rundown: Past week in UB Athletics


Men’s basketball (8-10, 2-3 Mid-American Conference)

The Buffalo Bulls men’s basketball team got things back on track this week with their second victory of 2017. They defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes (9-9, 1-4 MAC) 82-69 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. The game included many large runs from both teams and finished with the Bulls on a 23-5 run.

Sophomore guard CJ Massinburg led the Bulls with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Sophomore forward Nick Perkins had a strong showing as well and finished with 17 points and six assists. Redshirt sophomore guard Dontay Caruthers also added five steals.

Women’s basketball (13-4, 3-3 MAC)

The women’s team picked up their second straight victory after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons 61-50 at the Stroh Center. Senior guard JoAnna Smith led the way with 18 points and freshman guard Theresa Onwuka made her fourth straight start and finished with 10 points and 10 boards.

The team controlled the game culminating in an 18-point lead early in the third quarter. They relied on their strong defense and held a team under 51 for the second straight game. They also were able to get to the hoop effectively on offense and finished with 36 points in the paint.

Men’s tennis (0-1)

The men’s tennis team opened up their spring schedule this week with a 6-1 loss to the Cornell Big Red (2-0). Buffalo scored the point for doubles play after winning two of the three double matches. They were swept in all six singles games. Freshman Villhelm Fridell was the only Bull to win a set, taking the opening set before dropping the final two.

Swimming & Diving

The UB diving invitational came to a conclusion this past Sunday. The Buffalo women finished in second, third and fourth. The men finished as the top four in the competition. Senior Nick Rodriguez dominated and finished 20 points ahead of second place. Rodriguez, along with junior Dan Roche, qualified for the NCAA zones.

Rodriguez was named the MAC diver of the week for his performance in the tournament.

Men’s Soccer

Former UB forward Russell Cicerone became the first player in program history to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday. He was selected by the Portland Timbers with the 76th overall pick in the draft.

The team is still currently searching for their next head coach after it was reported last week that Stu Riddle would not be returning for the 2017 season.

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