Senior athletes find another chance to compete in their final season
Rachel Barich couldn’t wait for her final season at UB.
The senior distance runner was ready to show what her lifetime of work had built up to. She was ready for her moment in the spotlight.
But the NCAA cancelled all spring-sport seasons on March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, leaving senior athletes without their senior seasons.
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.
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.
Men’s basketball defeats Central Michigan 60-55
UB has had trouble hanging on to leads during its 2019-20 campaign.
Despite the Bulls’ late-game struggles this season, they managed to hang on in a close one Friday. The men’s basketball team (15-9) got off to a great start at home where they defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas (13-9) 65-60.
A quiet leader
Jayvon Graves doesn’t say much.
He doesn’t have to.
Despite his reserved personality, Graves has filled a leadership void left by 2019 men’s basketball alumni CJ Massinburg, Nick Perkins and Jeremy Harris.