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Sunday, February 28, 2021
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Junior Jayvon Graves poses in Alumni Arena in December.

Jayvon Graves to enter name into 2020 NBA Draft

Men’s basketball junior guard Jayvon Graves announced on Friday that he is planning to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, with the ability to return to college next year if he withdraws his name no later than 10 days after the scouting combine.

UB senior wrestler Troy Keller grapples Binghamton University junior Dylan Wood in February.

‘Crushed:’ Graduating wrestler loses chance at NCAA title

Troy Keller was preparing to make a presentation in his field ecology class last week when he discovered some shocking news: the NCAA canceled its Division-I college wrestling championships. Keller, a back-to-back 165 lb. Mid-American Conference champion, was looking forward to competing for the school’s first All-American honor since 2004. But instead, he was told that his career would be ending, but “not on his own terms.”


UB grants release to three-star recruit Josiah Freeman

Three-star men's basketball recruit Josiah Freeman asked for a release from his commitment to UB and UB granted it, according to UB Athletics. Freeman signed his national letter of intent with the Bulls in November, after turning down offers from nine other schools, including Old Dominion and Siena.

Redshirt forward Laquill Hardnett being heavily guarded in the paint by a Miami defender.

Mid-American Conference cancels all remaining competitions

The Mid-American Conference canceled all remaining regular season and championship competitions for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced Thursday. “During this unprecedented health crisis that continues to evolve daily, we fully support the decision made today by the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA,” UB Athletics Director Mark Alnutt said in a press release. “While we are disappointed for our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have worked diligently to prepare this spring and have had their seasons cut short, their health, safety and well-being will always be our top priority.”

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UB lands three players on MAC awards list

The UB men’s basketball team had three student-athletes earn Mid-American Conference postseason honors, the league announced Wednesday morning. Senior guard Davonta Jordan was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, while sophomore guard Ronaldo Segu was named the MAC Sixth Man of the Year and junior guard Jayvon Graves was named first-team All-MACAll-MAC.

Senior Guard Davonta Jordan goes in for the shot against Miami OH on Monday night.

Men’s basketball season ends after home loss to Miami (OH)

In the first round of the MAC Tournament, the No. 12 seed Miami (OH) Red Hawks upset the No. 5 seed Bulls, 85-79.  After the Bulls started the game up 8-0, the Red Hawks stormed back and took a 49-39 lead into the half, led by junior guard Nike Sibande’s 23 first-half points. Sibande ultimately earned 31 points, leading the Red Hawks past the Bulls.

Redshirt forward Laquill Hardnett being heavily guarded in the paint by a Miami defender.

Rebounds make Bulls tournament-bound

As the regular season ended Friday for UB men’s basketball and one stat stood out among the rest. UB led the nation in rebounding during the 2019-20 season, despite fielding a smaller lineup than some of its competitors.

Senior guard Davonta Jordan driving to the basket for 2 of his 11 points.

Men’s basketball defeats Miami(OH) 75-69

UB men’s basketball (19-11, 10-7 MAC) defeated Miami(OH) (12-18, 5-12 MAC) 75-69 at Alumni Arena on senior night Tuesday. In honor of the occasion, head coach Jim Whitesell gave senior forward Gabe Grant the starting nod over sophomore forward Jeenathan Williams. Grant hit 2 3-pointers early in the game, proving he was worthy of the starting spot.

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. 

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