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Bulls defeat Ball State Cardinals in home-game rematch

The UB men’s basketball team (17-9, 8-5) defeated MAC rival Ball State (14-12, 7-6) 72-59 at Alumni Arena Tuesday. This marked the third-straight win for the Bulls, who are now in third place in the MAC East. UB got off to a slow start, shooting 1-14 in the first seven minutes. But the Bulls managed to tie the game just before halftime and went into the tunnel knotted up at 29.

Ronaldo Segu splits two Central Michigan defenders.

Jock of all trades

By the time Ronaldo Segu reached ninth grade, he had a scholarship offer from Florida State University and an Instagram following that numbered in the tens of thousands. And by the time he graduated high school, Segu had earned 20 Division-I offers and became something of an online sensation — videos of his signature HESI move have been viewed millions of times. 

Coach Whitesell takes aside Davonta Jordan for advice and encouragement after practice.

Quick hits: Transfers, errors and turnovers

Jim Whitesell ‘perplexed’ by turnovers Over the past five games, men’s basketball is 2-3 and has dropped contests to Kent State and Eastern Michigan. During this period, the Bulls have turned the ball over 86 times. “To me, it’s perplexing,” head coach Jim Whitesell said. 

Several former UB Bulls have gone on to play on the gridiron at a professional level.

Bulls in the pros — football

UB has nine former football players in the professional ranks. For the first installation of a three-part series on former UB athletes, The Spectrum takes a look at the UB grads who excel on the gridiron:

Jayvon Graves, Antwain Johnson, Brock Bertram and Davonta Jordan having a discussion on the court (left to right).

‘Grow and mature’

UB men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell is stressing consistency as his team encroaches on the MAC Tournament in March. The 2020 Bulls have been characterized by a lack of consistency, stemming from inexperience and occasional lapses on defense.

Former Le Moyne softball head coach Riley Johnson joined the UB coaching staff last September.

‘We have high expectations’

Last season, the Bulls were one of the worst fielding teams in the nation. To help solve the problem, head coach Mike Ruechel brought in Riley Johnson, a former Syracuse University softball player and head coach at Division II Le Moyne College.

The Bulls coming out of the tunnel for their game against Temple on 2/2/2020

Looking ahead: Football in the future

Last September, UB football entered Beaver Stadium as a 31-point underdog to the then No. 15 Nittany Lions. The Bulls didn’t let that deter them: for 30 minutes, they were the better team. At the half, they led Penn State 10-7.

Former UB football defensive end Demone Harris celebrates after making a play.

Demone Harris heads to the Super Bowl

Demone Harris is capping off a storybook season with a trip to the Super Bowl. The former UB star linebacker will have a chance to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy when his Kansas City Chiefs host the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday. 


Wrestling coach earns 150th career win

UB wrestling head coach John Stutzman earned his 150th career win and the team won its fifth-straight dual match with a 26-12 victory over SIU-Edwardsville Friday at Alumni Arena. In his seventh season as head coach, Stutzman has helped lead the Bulls to greater heights. He helped grant legitimacy to a program that has often struggled to create a winning product. During his tenure, the Bulls have produced numerous national qualifiers and have challenged for the conference crown.

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