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Offensive lineman Alain Schaerer (left), defensive end Jordan Avissey (middle), and linebacker Fabian Weitz (right) speak about their experiences being the only three members on the team from Europe in the fieldhouse on Tuesday.

International connection

Jordan Avissey never expected to be here. Not in a stadium. Not on the gridiron. And certainly not here — illegally climbing a barbed-wire fence at midnight to work out at the local football field in his home country of France.

Freshman guard Dyaisha Fair goes in for a shot during the Bulls home game against the Miami RedHawks Wednesday night.

Women’s basketball wins third-straight game

UB women’s basketball (16-11) defeated the Ohio Bobcats (17-10) 63-62 at the Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.  The Bulls have now won three-straight games for the first time in 2020. Saturday’s win also marks the 300th career victory for head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. 

Sophomore forward Adebola Adeyeye goes up for the shot.

Women’s basketball wins second-straight game

UB women’s basketball (15-11, 6-9) defeated the Miami(OH) RedHawks (11-15, 4-11) 88-72 at Alumni Arena Wednesday. The Bulls previously defeated Miami 86-72 on Jan. 4. On the heels of a six-game losing streak, the Bulls have now won two in a row. Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack doesn’t see the six games as losses, but as learning experiences.

Freshmen pitchers Alexis Lucyshyn and Madelyn Hickingbottom discuss their experiences being on the UB women's softball team during practice at the UB fieldhouse on Tuesday.

Double trouble

Madelyn Hickingbottom and Alexis Lucyshyn have a lot in common. They’re from the same country. They play the same position.  And they both committed to UB as freshmen in 2018.

Senior guard Antwain Johnson goes in for the dunk.

Men’s basketball defeats Kent State in double overtime

UB men’s basketball (18-9) defeated conference opponent Kent State (17-10) in double overtime. Despite the Golden Flashes boasting a strong 11-2 record at home prior to the contest, junior guard Jayvon Graves and senior guard Davonta Jordan lead the team to victory.  Graves scored a career-high 33 points, shot 50% from the field and a tremendous 70% from 3-point range to bring his team to a huge victory. Jordan also shot 50% from the field while scoring 20 points. Both Graves and Jordan hit huge shots for UB throughout the fourth quarter and overtime periods. 

Jeenathan Williams driving to the basket for a lay-up. 

Homeward bound

Jeenathan Williams had 19 offers from Division-I programs after high school. He had the chance to go to Syracuse. He could’ve gone to Virginia.  But when selecting a college, basketball wasn’t even Williams’ main concern. He wanted to come home.


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:


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